Attorney Michael Avenatti, who has become a powerful voice since he began representing the president’s ex-mistress Stormy Daniels, has now called on Democrats to play hardball when it comes to voting for the replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
This is why the Dems should have never permitted the Judge Garland appointment to be ignored. They played nice (again) and got out crushed (again). If they take the same approach now, America will dramatically change forever. #WakeUp
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) June 27, 2018
Avenatti’s reference to Judge Garland is a reminder that President Obama and the Democrats were not able to push forward their centrist candidate, who was nominated in March 2016, to fill the seat on the court that later when to Justice Neil Gorsuch.
It was only this week that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gloated about his victory over Obama on the Supreme Court nomination which he blocked and began trending on Twitter.
McConnell was enjoying the five to four verdicts by the high court no gerrymandering, women’s rights and the mixing of religion and human rights.
“Amid a frankly bonkers national debate about “civility” from an administration detaining babies in oversize cages,” Vogue.com wrote earlier this week, “today seems like a good day to pause and remember that, under the machinations of McConnell, the Republican party stole a Supreme Court nomination from President Barack Obama after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016.”
“McConnell, blocked Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland, on the bogus grounds that Obama’s presidency was in its final months…McConnell manipulated and stole a Supreme Court nomination from Barack Obama, paving the way for Trump to nominate Gorsuch . . . and leading us directly to this week’s trio of troubling decisions. How’s that for civility?”
Trump will be allowed to choose a new judge who may well be one of those who has to judge him after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings on the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia in the 2016 election is released, which seems especially wrong.
McConnell used the system against the majority will of the American people and now Trump will get to handpick who will likely decide his fate, which is a gross perversion of the entire American system of justice and democracy.
Avenatti is right that Democrats, and hopefully a few Republicans, must stand up to Trump and oppose him at every turn as he tries to pack the court with conservatives who will undo the reforms made for men, women, gays and in religion over the past hundred years.
That is what is really unfair.