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For Immediate Release

Aaron Freedman


BerlinRosen Public Affairs

Racial Justice Group Condemns 'Nuclear Option' for Gorsuch

“Republicans are rigging the game to push Trump’s corrupt agenda”


Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color Of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization, issued the following statement in response to the Senate's vote to invoke the "nuclear option" and allow confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court by a simple majority vote.

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color Of Change:

"Senate Republicans have shown today that nothing is sacred when it comes to pushing forward Trump's agenda. Neil Gorsuch is an extremist who couldn't get confirmed by the Senate's rules. Senate Republicans have resorted to tossing out a 200-year-old rule to confirm a nominee who will pull our country's progress into reverse. Once again, Republicans are rigging the game to push Trump's corrupt agenda. If Neil Gorsuch can't get 60 votes in the Senate, he can't be trusted with a lifetime appointment on the highest court in the nation.

"There is a possibility that Trump gained power through illegal means, and as long as these allegations remain unresolved we cannot in good conscience allow this administration to conduct business as usual. In allowing our compromised President to rush through his Supreme Court pick, Senate Republicans are complicit in a corrupt plot to take away our rights and freedoms as Americans. That's why, from day 1, Color of Change has stood against this nomination and called for a hiring freeze on this administration.

"This is not a fair nomination. This is a coup against our democratic principles."

Color Of Change is the nation's largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.