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Brett Kavanaugh
October 11 – October 24, 2018
derrick johnson

"The U.S. Senate's decision today to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a devastating blow to our democracy. It threatens the integrity and legitimacy of the Senate and the Supreme Court as institutions, and the nation may never recover."

- NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson

"Instead of a 6-3 liberal Supreme Court under Hillary Clinton, we now have a 5-4 conservative Supreme Court under President @realDonaldTrump, cementing a tremendous legacy for the President and a better future for America."

-Sarah Sanders

It was a foregone conclusion considering how the Republicans had stacked the deck in his favor.

-Historian Carrol Gibbs

"We refused to be intimidated by the mob of people (largely White women) that were coming after Republican members at their homes, in the halls. I couldn't be prouder of the Senate Republican Conference."

- Senator Mitch McConnell

"It is a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of."

- The Current US President over the Brett Kavanugh debacle, not Laquan McDonald, who was murdered by a Chicago cop found guilty of second degree murder

Historic Turmoil

The last judge to end up on the Supreme Court by such a slim margin was Stanley Matthews, who was confirmed in 1881 by a single vote.

Matthews had been nominated once before that, by President Rutherford Hayes. But controversy shrouded the nomination because Matthews had been a classmate of Hayes' at Kenyon College, sparking accusations of cronyism. The Senate didn't act on the first nomination. 

Matthews only joined the nation's highest bench after Hayes' successor, President James Garfield, re-nominated him. He was confirmed with a 24-23 vote.

Until now, the most divided Supreme Court confirmation since Matthews was for Clarence Thomas, nominated in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush. Thomas faced an FBI investigation into alleged sexual misconduct and contentious hearings before a Democrat-controlled Senate.

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