Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to Supreme Court


Megan A. '20, Writer

On Oct. 6, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice by a margin of 50 to 48. Kavanaugh’s confirmation set a new record of being the closest voting margin in American history. The new Supreme Court Justice faced a series of sexual misconduct allegations from three women: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.

“It is not my responsibility to determine whether Mr. Kavanaugh deserves to sit on the Supreme Court. My responsibility is to tell the truth,” Ford said during her hearing.

According to The New York Times, all but two Republican senators were present. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Steve Daines of Montana both abstained. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote in favor for Kavanaugh. Hours after the Senate voted, Kavanaugh was sworn in at a private ceremony at the White House by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, the retired judge Kavanaugh replaced.

U.S. Senate Photographic Studio
Kavanaugh greets Sen. Chuck Grassley.

“Forty-six percent of voters said the Senate made the wrong decision in approving the controversial judge, while 40 percent said it was right to elevate him to the high court,” Politico journalist Steven Shepherd said in his article Poll: Kavanaugh confirmation energizes Democrats more than GOP.

The Supreme Court is now majority conservative with Kavanaugh.

“The upcoming mid-term elections are going to either sway a lot or a little bit in the Republican’s favor because of Kavanaugh’s confirmation,” Simiran A. ‘20 said.

Some Republican and Democratic senators said they are ready to move forward from the confirmation. However, other Republican senators have blamed a liberal “mob” for the Supreme Court battle, and for energizing the Democratic political base. A number have said they were “harassed” or “under assault” before, during and after the confirmation.

“We will not let mob behavior drown out all the Americans who want to legitimately participate in the policy-making process, on all sides,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor.

A man protests Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault by three women.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn said voters will get to pick between “mob rule” or voting for the “rule of law” in the midterm elections. This caused major backlash from the Democratic party who suggested that it is ironic the Republicans made such an accusation.

“It is the richest of ironies the Majority Leader has taken to calling those opposed to the confirmation of Kavanaugh a mob when several nights a month the President whips his supporters into a frenzy to attack his target of choice,” Sen. Mazie Hirono said.