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COLUMN: Brett Kavanaugh is not fit for the Supreme Court



Brett Kavanaugh is up for nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. The nomination was controversial to begin with, but has faced an incredible amount of backlash in light of recent sexual assault allegations.

Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and accused of exposing himself by Deborah Ramirez. The FBI will be investigating the accusations.

Dispute has arisen between those who believe the allegations and those who argue that Kavanaugh is “innocent until proven guilty.” These two are not mutually exclusive, especially considering that Kavanaugh is not on trial here.

If he is appointed to the Supreme Court, he will be serving all of America. The country is watching. He’s at a job interview.

And he is bombing it. I believe those who come forward about sexual assault, but that is irrelevant. Regardless of whether or not the allegations are true, Kavanaugh has displayed an incredible lack of decorum in the hearing.

“Do you like beer, Senator, or not?" Kavanaugh asked Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. "What do you like to drink?"

He repeatedly disrespected Senator Klobuchar, turning her questions back on her, when she asked him if he’d ever been so drunk he couldn’t remember the night before.

This sort of behavior is unprofessional, unimpressive and surely unfit for a justice of the United States Supreme Court.

The question comes down to why we are still considering him at all. There is no shortage of potential appointees eager to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

Kavanaugh is somewhat different in how highly he regards presidential power. His appointment would be an excellent move for President Trump.

We should be wary of Kavanaugh from every angle. As a man willing to strip women of their reproductive rights, as a man accused of sexual assault and as a man who will let Trump run rampant and unchecked, he threatens women’s health, women themselves and, regardless of party affiliation, the system of checks and balances the U.S. government depends upon to function.

Furthermore, Kavanaugh is upsetting in how he treats other human beings. His behavior at the hearings alone told me enough to deeply oppose his appointment. No man who behaves so childishly, who is so volatile, should be holding one of the highest offices in the country.

Kavanaugh is in no way entitled to this job. He is a candidate. If a candidate at a minimum wage job can be thrown out because their application causes trouble, and an employer won’t hire people based on their social media, why should Brett Kavanaugh, who wants to be on the Supreme Court of the United States of America, get special treatment and additional chances?

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