Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

A small group of demonstrators protests outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the early morning of September 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C., as the group marched from the home of US Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) to the court. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images)

'You Can Feel the Anger': 18,000 Calls to Senators in Just 24 Hours Signal Widespread Outrage Over Trump Supreme Court Power Grab

"We cannot and will not let Trump and McConnell pack the Supreme Court without a fight."

Jake Johnson

In an indication that anger over President Donald Trump's effort to drag the Supreme Court further to the right is widespread, members of the advocacy group Stand Up America made more than 18,000 calls to senators in a single day earlier this week to register their opposition to the GOP's rush to confirm a successor to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg right before the November election.

Sean Eldridge, founder and president of Stand Up, said in a statement Wednesday that "you can feel the anger from our community" in response to the attempt by Trump and Senate Republicans to force through another conservative justice. Stand Up said its members made calls from every state in the U.S. on Monday demanding that senators delay the confirmation process until after the winner of the presidential election is inaugurated.

"This lifetime appointment to the court could be the deciding vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade, or block legislation addressing climate change and gun safety."
—Sean Eldridge, Stand Up America

"Our democracy and our fundamental rights are on the line," said Eldridge. "After all of their empty rhetoric about letting the American people decide in 2016, Senate Republicans are now trying to ram yet another right-wing justice through the confirmation process. This lifetime appointment to the court could be the deciding vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade, or block legislation addressing climate change and gun safety. We cannot and will not let Trump and McConnell pack the Supreme Court without a fight."

Polling released in the wake of Ginsburg's passing late last week found that a majority of Americans believe the winner of the November 3 presidential election should be the one to fill the new Supreme Court vacancy—a position similar to the one that many Republican senators staked out following the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia during the final year of President Barack Obama's second term.

But the Senate Republicans who opposed Obama nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016 have since cynically abandoned their objections to confirming a Supreme Court justice in an election year, giving McConnell enough votes to move forward with Trump's coming pick.

Stand Up and other progressive advocacy groups have vowed to mobilize their millions of members nationwide in an effort to stop or delay the president's nominee, who is expected to be named on Saturday. If the Senate Democratic caucus remains united against Trump's pick, the GOP can only afford four defections.

"Call your senators now and demand they refuse to consider any Supreme Court Justice until the new president is inaugurated," urged Indivisible. "The American people deserve to have their voice heard in what could shift the courts irreparably for our lifetimes."

Though no timeline for the confirmation process has been publicly announced, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is reportedly aiming for hearings on Trump's nominee as soon as October 12. One Republican Senate aide told the Associated Press that a floor vote on the president's pick could take place on October 29—just days before the presidential election.

Christopher Kang, chief counsel at advocacy group Demand Justice, said in a statement Wednesday that "beginning hearings this quickly after a nomination is announced is completely out of line with every other justice on the Supreme Court and even the standards that Senate Republicans have held past Trump nominees to."

"As this process becomes even more of a partisan farce, the cloud looming over the legitimacy of the Senate—and the Supreme Court itself—will continue to grow," said Kang. "Republican leaders are making clear that a political power grab is more important than seriously vetting the person they want to give a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court."

Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

Warnock Defeats Walker in Georgia, Giving Democrats 51-49 Senate Majority

"Tonight, the people—young, Black, Brown, and working people—expanded the Senate majority, neutralized the power of Joe Manchin, and defeated yet another fascist," the Sunrise Movement cheered.

Brett Wilkins ·

'About Damn Time': NY Jury Finds Trump Organization Guilty on All Counts of Tax Fraud

"Today's guilty verdict against the Trump Organization shows that we will hold individuals and organizations accountable when they violate our laws to line their pockets," said New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Brett Wilkins ·

Oxfam Rebukes EU Over Delayed Deal on Global Minimum Corporate Tax

"This is a loss to ordinary people who are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and a win to the ultra-profitable corporations," said the group's tax expert for the bloc.

Jessica Corbett ·

Global Biodiversity Summit Called 'Make-or-Break Moment' for Wildlife

"The deluded dreams of billionaires aside, there is no Planet B," said U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. "We must fix the world we have."

Julia Conley ·

Congressional Progressives, Climate Activists Rally Against Manchin's 'Dirty Deal'

"As if spending $847 billion on the military-industrial complex wasn't bad enough," said Rep. Rashida Tlaib, "now they want to add sacrificing frontline communities for polluter profits to the package?"

Brett Wilkins ·

Common Dreams Logo