Kavanaugh’s Confirmation: Know the Story.


Matty Mendez, Reporter

TUESDAY: Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, began the first day in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearing began much to the dismay of the Democrats and it is receiving a violent push-back.

The moment the hearing began, so began the protests. The controversy behind the Supreme Court pick lays beneath Kavanaugh’s partisan surface, he has very strict views on issues like abortion, even going as far to suggest that the iconic Roe V. Wade ruling should be repealed. Kavanaugh’s right-leaning stances would upset the balance of the Court and shift it farther right. Brett Kavanaugh’s lens on issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, and affirmative action is the subject of many of the protests that have erupted.

The protests have resulted in subsequent arrests and counterattacks from the right of the aisle. The Senate floor has unraveled into what Senator Orrin Hatch (R) deems “pandemonium” and an unprecedented sight. Hatch has descended to verbally challenging protesters, in a brief spat with a woman over healthcare, he referred to her as a “loudmouth” and demanded her removal. It seems as though people like Hatch had not foreseen this “nonsense”, as if they had not foreseen the rumblings of the dispute on behalf of the American public or the #CancelKavanaugh.

Nevertheless, the arguing and protesting, the hashtags or harsh words, will not cancel the proceedings as they have only just gone underway.

WEDNESDAY: On the second day of the hearing, the coverage of Kavanaugh’s confirmation is still going strong. A paper trail has been called into question as have Kavanaugh’s stances. The ‘paper trail’ arose from a discussion about documents from Kavanaugh’s work, or lack thereof, on the Bush administration’s detention and interrogation policies.

The nominee has skillfully maneuvered through the Senate questioning stating that he had limited involvement in the controversial policies carried about during Bush’s term and, as for his views, he favors a judiciary for the people, placing himself as an “independent judge” on the issues.

He is reluctant to give up information on how he may vote on certain issues, though the American public has a  substantial prediction of where he falls. He holds true to a platform of ‘judicial independence’ and has a strong sense of what the term means to him.

THURSDAY: The final day of questioning, but the hearing is far from over.  Documents and confidential emails have been brought against Kavanaugh by Senate Democrats like Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey who threatened to release the sensitive information to the public, an act of civil disobedience. Any action on these threats by Booker could result in his expulsion, something he is seemingly willing to risk.  Kavanaugh is not letting up and refusing to add to the swelling controversy.

Many questions on this the third day of the hearing pertaining to his time and his rulings as a member of the United States Court of Appeals. The nominee appears to be strict on ideals of ‘the precedent’ and the president. Outbursts continue and Senator Orrin Hatch continues to denounce the interruptions to the hearing, calling the protests a “mob mentality” and addressing the procedural as a “circus.”  The interference is disconcerting and the disputes have resulted in over 70 arrests. Kavanaugh won’t say much of the disturbance and won’t say much of anything as the confirmation hearing continues.