Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is not withdrawing his name from consideration even as credible sexual misconduct allegations against him continue to dominate the news.
The Hill reports that the National Council of Churches, the largest coalition of Christian churches in the country, is officially calling for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn. The organization — which spans numerous denominations, over 100,000 congregations, and which claims some 40 million worshippers — posted a statement on its website.
The NCC writes that Kavanaugh has “disqualified himself” and that he must “step aside immediately.” The statement explains that there are several reasons behind the NCC’s call for withdrawal, including the “extreme partisan bias” and “disrespect” shown towards certain senators during his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Council also questioned his “temperament” and “character.”
The NCC is correct in their assessment, as Kavanaugh’s hysterical, sniffling testimony included attacks on the Democratic Party and even alleged some kind of conspiracy against him as revenge for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election loss. It destroyed any kind of facade that Kavanaugh would embrace the traditional nonpartisan neutrality expected of Supreme Court Justices and revealed him as a rank political hack.
The website statement also zeroed in on Kavanaugh’s honesty, pointing to “several misstatements and some outright falsehoods” in his testimony. Concerns that he may have committed perjury have emerged in the days since the hearing, but even if he didn’t commit such a crime, his obvious dishonesty and attempts to obfuscate are more than enough reason to vote him down.
Kavanaugh should do the country a favor, head the NCC, and immediately withdraw his name. He owes it to all of us.
Read the full statement below:
“The National Council of Churches (NCC) calls for the withdrawal of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. We believe he has disqualified himself from this lifetime appointment and must step aside immediately.”
“We note several reasons for this. During his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Kavanaugh exhibited extreme partisan bias and disrespect towards certain members of the committee and thereby demonstrated that he possesses neither the temperament nor the character essential for a member of the highest court in our nation.”
“In addition, his testimony before the Judiciary Committee included several misstatements and some outright falsehoods, some in relation to accusations of sexual misconduct. All citizens must be expected to speak truthfully when under oath, however, this is especially true for anyone who seeks a seat on the Supreme Court.”
“Moreover, Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive judicial and political record is troubling with regard to issues of voting rights, racial and gender justice, health care, the rights of people with disabilities, and environmental protections. This leads us to believe that he cannot be an impartial justice in cases that are sure to come before him at the Court.”
“Therefore the National Council of Churches calls for the withdrawal of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court immediately.”