Supreme Court Voter Campaign Announces Ads Following Trump Shortlist Announcement


September 9, 2020

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WASHINGTON, DC— Following Donald Trump’s announcement of his newest Supreme Court shortlist, the Supreme Court Voter project announced Wednesday it will begin a digital ad campaign in key states highlighting the extreme views of several individuals on the list.

One of the ads reads: “More far-right justices, more votes to end health care for millions.”

The ads will run as part of a previously announced $2 million ad campaign targeting Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Demand Justice Executive Director Brian Fallon said: “Donald Trump just doubled down on the idea of putting even more Brett Kavanaughs on the Supreme Court. Like Kavanaugh, any of these nominees would be a reliable vote against abortion rights, the Affordable Care Act and the rule of law.

“This gambit may have paid off for Trump in 2016, but the politics are different this time around. The Kavanaugh confirmation process provoked a major backlash, and Democratic voters are more attuned to the Supreme Court’s importance than ever before. For every base conservative activist that is excited by this new Trump shortlist, there is likely to be a swing voter that will be turned off by the prospect of a Trump supermajority on the Supreme Court.”

Recent public polling shows Democrats increasingly focused on the Supreme Court as an issue in the 2020 election. According to Pew, in June 2016, Trump supporters were 8 points more likely than Clinton supporters to call Supreme Court appointments a “very important” issue. In August 2020, Biden supporters are 5 points more likely than Trump supporters to say that. Morning Consult also found Democrats eclipsing Republicans in likelihood to say the Court is a very important issue this year.

Consistent with Democrats’ increasing focus on the courts, the Democratic Party platform this year called for “structural reform” of the federal courts and increased the size of the section of the platform dedicated to the courts five-fold.

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