Anti-Trump hysteria has been evident across America since the stunned faces of television announcers on election night 2016 indicated Donald Trump was the victor and Hillary Clinton had failed to reach the White House for a second time.
There have been physical assaults on people wearing the Trump campaign “Make America Great Again” hat. Members of Congress have urged activists to harass members of the Trump administration in public. And more.
Now it’s escalating, with the president’s nomination of D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Women’s March organization issued a statement Monday calling for “a response to Donald Trump’s nomination of XX to the Supreme Court of the United States.”
The Washington Times pointed out the pre-written and poorly edited response to Trump’s nomination didn’t even identify the nominee or his experience, record and accomplishments. Just the fact that he was nominated by Trump was enough to oppose him.
The organization charged the nominee would “further erode protections for almost every marginalized group in America.”
Fox News reported the office of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., “bluntly rejected a courtesy call from the White House” before the announcement, stating, “We want nothing to do with you.”
A senior White House aide said it happened when White House Counsel Don McGahn was making a round of calls to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The report said many Democrats have vowed from the start to oppose the pick.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he will fight the nomination with “everything I have,” warning Kavanaugh’s presence on the court could threaten abortion rights and more.
Fox News also reported anchor Shannon Bream “was forced to bail on her live show on Monday from the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court amid tense protests after President Trump chose Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.”
“In a pair of tweets, Bream said the atmosphere at the scene was ‘volatile’ as rowdy demonstrators gathered to protest Trump’s Supreme Court nomination,” the report said.
The Fox News anchor wrote in a tweet: “Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS.”
ABC News lashed out at the “controversial” nominee an hour and a half before Kavanaugh’s name was announced.
Reported NewsBusters: “They didn’t have a name (or any news outlet for that matter), but this mysterious person was ‘controversial.’
Later in the evening, “Nightline” tweeted out a “correction” explaining ABC meant to say the report would focus on “the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court Justice pick.”
The Hill reported hundreds of protesters massed outside the Supreme Court, along with Democratic lawmakers, to oppose Trump’s selection Monday.
Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Kirsten Gillibrand D-N.Y.; Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; “were vehement in their rejection of Kavanaugh outside the court on Monday night,” the report said.
Sanders declared, “This is not an easy fight, but it is a fight we will win!”
Pro-abortion industry advocates, such as NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue, warned supporters the stakes couldn’t be any higher.
“It’s our freedom as women, it’s our futures at stake,” she declared.
Haley Byrd at the Weekly Standard commented it “didn’t really matter which of the finalists Trump chose for his nominee. None of the judges under consideration were acceptable to the protesters.”
She noted that prior to the announcement, they “spent a good deal of time chanting ‘the pick’s going down,’ into their megaphones.”
Columnist Bill Press in The Hill urged Democratic senators in states won by Trump to still oppose Trump’s nominee.
He said that if all 49 Democrats in the Senate “hang tough” and convince just one pro-abortion Republican senator to join them, they can stop Trump’s nominee.
He said they should “brag about” opposing Trump, and he recited a list of possible impacts from the decision.
“As the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin notes, if anybody on Trump’s list of 25 potential nominees is confirmed, the newly constituted court could be expected to overrule Roe v. Wade and allow states to prosecute any physicians and nurses who perform abortions; allow shopkeepers or restaurants to refuse service to LGBTQ Americans; enable universities to accept fewer African-American and Latino students; approve laws designed to make it more difficult to vote; expand exercise of the death penalty; and prohibit states from adopting any sensible form of gun control, even the banning of bump stocks.”
The left’s talking points were nowhere more clear than in a fundraising email from Tom Perez of the Democratic National Committee that was dispatched as Trump finished making the announcement.
Perez claimed the Supreme Court already has “sanctioned attacks on workers’ rights, further threatened a woman’s right to choose, upheld the discriminatory Muslim ban, and supporter voter suppression efforts in Ohio.”
Actually, what the court did was decide unions could not force non-members to pay them fees, confirm the state cannot force pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to promote abortionists’ business operations, affirm a ban on entry from terror-supporting nations, some of which are not Muslim, and allow Ohio to clean up voter registration lists littered with inactive voters.
Another DNC fundraiser said bluntly, “A vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh is a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and gut the Affordable Care Act.”
Those not in the resistance parties have had a fairly uniform reaction to the nomination.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., for example, said Kavanaugh “is an exemplary choice for the United States Supreme Court.”
“He has shown unwavering support in defending the Constitution, our nations’ founding principles, and the rule of law,” the congressman said. “A renowned writer and thinker, Kavanaugh studies the law as originally intended, decides difficult cases impartially, and understands the Federal Government is a creature of the Constitution – and nothing else.”