Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens just changed his mind about Kavanaugh in stunning reversal

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The more the Republican Party barrels insolently towards a confirmation for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, contemptuous and dismissive of the public outcry against the alleged sex abuser, the louder the chorus of fury grows as people from all levels of society speak out against him.

The National Council of Churches, attorneys’ groups, his former classmates at Yale University, nuns, and law professors, and concerned citizens have all vehemently denounced his nomination by their thousands.

Now a former Supreme Court Justice himself has joined the uproar, declaring that Kavanaugh is temperamentally unfit to serve on our nation’s highest court.

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Citing the astonishing and grotesque display of venomous petulance, whiny defensiveness, and unhinged partisanship that Kavanaugh displayed during last Thursday’s Senate hearing, former Justice John Paul Stevens announced his surprising reversal at a retiree event in Boca Raton, Florida.

While he once supported his nomination, he declared that “I’ve changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability … I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind.” 

Deeply concerned by the obvious bias that Kavanaugh showed in dismissing the accusations as a Clintonite conspiracy during the hearing, Stevens told the room that “I think there’s merit to that criticism [of bias] and I think the senators should really pay attention that.”

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It’s an abrupt about-face for the former Justice, who once praised Kavanaugh and one of his rulings in his book Six Amendments How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, which should add even more weight to his condemnation.

Of course, the Republicans in the Senate have made it very clear that there is nothing that can be said or done to prevent them from ramming through the nomination anyway and putting this right-wing psychopath on our nation’s highest court — but it’s clear that nearly the entire nation is united in opposition to this historically unpopular candidate, and we must make the GOP pay for their treachery at the polls this November.

Watch his remarks here:

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Original reporting by Lulu Ramadan at the Palm Beach Post.

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Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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