Giffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick

Giffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick
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Gun safety organization Giffords and judicial group Demand Justice plan to launch a joint ad campaign to pressure Republican senators to reject one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE's circuit court nominees. 

The groups will run an ad campaign targeting GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGraham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Gardner signals support for taking up Supreme Court nominee this year Tumultuous court battle upends fight for Senate MORE (Maine), John CornynJohn CornynTumultuous court battle upends fight for Senate Texas Democrats roll out first wave of planned digital ads as Election Day nears Calls grow for Biden to expand election map in final sprint MORE (Texas), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstGraham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Joe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Grassley, Ernst pledge to 'evaluate' Trump's Supreme Court nominee MORE (Iowa), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerGraham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Gardner signals support for taking up Supreme Court nominee this year Tumultuous court battle upends fight for Senate MORE (Colo.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGrassley, Ernst pledge to 'evaluate' Trump's Supreme Court nominee Trump to include North Carolina in offshore drilling moratorium, senator says Biden's six best bets in 2016 Trump states MORE (N.C.), all of whom are up for reelection in 2020, asking them to vote against Trump nominee Lawrence VanDyke

A vote on VanDyke's confirmation to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is slated for next week.

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The ads, which particularly highlight VanDyke's gun rights stances, will run on Facebook and Instagram starting Friday.

"This NRA mouthpiece shouldn't be a judge. Vote no," one of the ads will say, referring to the National Rifle Association.

There will also be advertisements customized with the name of each senator. 

Christopher Kang, Demand Justice's chief counsel, said in a statement that VanDyke "would use his lifetime judicial appointment to advance the NRA’s latest strategy — using our courts to strike down common-sense measures to prevent gun violence."

"Senators cannot claim to be horrified by mass shootings and then vote for a judge who will reject any effort to address them,” Kang added. 

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Giffords managing director Robin Lloyd said in the statement that "VanDyke's pledged fealty to the gun lobby’s agenda disqualifies him from a lifetime judicial appointment."

"If the Senate cares about ensuring that the people’s elected representatives retain the ability to craft solutions to the nation’s ongoing gun violence crisis, they must vote no on VanDyke,” Lloyd said. 

National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Nathan Brand called the ads "stunts by far-left groups working for their big dollar donors, not the American people."

“Left-wing special interests are desperate to obstruct a Republican U.S. Senate majority working to continue the best economic turnaround in U.S. history," Brand said in a statement to The Hill.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBiden leads Trump by 12 points among Catholic voters: poll Names to watch as Trump picks Ginsburg replacement on Supreme Court McConnell says Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote MORE (D-Calif.) has previously raised questions about VanDyke's past statements on gun control, asking him about responses to a 2014 NRA questionnaire in which the senator said VanDyke answered that “Gun control laws are misdirected."

Updated: 6:20 p.m.