Schumer: I will oppose Kavanaugh ‘with everything I’ve got’

Schumer: I will oppose Kavanaugh ‘with everything I’ve got’
© Greg Nash

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHealth care workers account for 20 percent of Iowa coronavirus cases Pressure mounts on Congress for quick action with next coronavirus bill Schumer names coronavirus czar candidates in plea to White House MORE (D-N.Y.) promised Tuesday morning to oppose President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, “with everything I’ve got.”

Schumer said on CBS’s “This Morning” that Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh is fulfilling two of Trump’s campaign promises, “to undo women’s reproductive freedom and to undo ACA,” referring to the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare.

“On these two issues when he campaigned, President Trump said he would only appoint pro-life judges, he wanted to send Roe back to the states, that means repeal,” Schumer said, referring to the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

The top Democrat also said that Trump “said he wanted to repeal ACA, unlike what [Chief] Justice [John] Roberts wanted to do.”

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Schumer also noted the involvement of conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society in vetting Trump’s list of possible Supreme Court nominees.

“So when you put those things together, Trump with what he said he was going to do and the vetting of this list, this nominee will repeal Roe and women’s reproductive freedom and repeal ACA far against what the American people want,” Schumer said.

When CBS’s Norah O’Donnell noted that Kavanaugh has promised in the past to follow the “binding precedent” set in Roe v. Wade, Schumer dismissed the comment as “a trick.”

“It is not good enough for them to hide behind this shibboleth that they’ll follow existing law, because when they get on the bench they change,” Schumer said.