As Speculation Mounts About Potential Supreme Court Vacancy, New Digital Ads Aim To Define Trump’s Shortlist Of Nominees

06.11.18

 

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June 11, 2018

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AS SPECULATION MOUNTS ABOUT POTENTIAL SUPREME COURT VACANCY, NEW DIGITAL ADS AIM TO DEFINE TRUMP’S SHORTLIST OF NOMINEES

New ‘Ditch the List’ Project Releases Ads on Judges Kavanaugh, Barrett

WASHINGTON, DC—With rumors increasing that a Supreme Court retirement could occur at the end of the current term, a new digital campaign is exposing how all of the potential nominees on Donald Trump’s shortlist would act as rubber stamps for Trump’s agenda.

Demand Justice Initiative is sponsoring the project, dubbed “Ditch the List.” It will work to educate the public about the records of the individuals on Trump’s shortlist before Trump even has the opportunity to nominate any of them.

The campaign’s first two videos feature Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The Barrett spot focuses on her statements opposing the Supreme Court’s landmark 2012 decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, and notes she would be a threat to the law if elevated to the High Court.

The Kavanaugh spot highlights that he would almost certainly side with Trump in any dispute that may arise between the White House and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The spot is based on a 1998 Kavanaugh essay, in which he argued that the President has the sole power to decide whether and when he can be independently investigated. Kavanaugh also argued that a sitting President should never be able to indicted.

“The next person named to the Supreme Court could shift the balance of the court for a generation, and the public deserves to know about the people that Trump is considering,” said Brian Fallon, Executive Director of Demand Justice Initiative. “During his campaign, Trump promised to rely on a number of litmus tests when choosing another justice, such as their support for overturning Roe and gutting Obamacare. All these judges had to pass Trump’s litmus tests, and so none of them can be trusted to stand up to this President.”

In the coming days, Ditch the List also plans to release video ads about Judge Amul Thapar of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge David Stras of the Eighth Circuit. The project will continue throughout the summer even if no vacancy arises by the end of this month.

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