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Chief Justice John Roberts, right, administers the Constitutional Oath to Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the Justices' Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building. Ashley Kavanaugh holds the Bible. In the foreground are their daughters, Margaret, left, and Liza. (Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via AP)
NAACP President Derek Johnson
Published: 07 October 2018

BALTIMORE (October 6, 2018)—As the US Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court by a 50-48 majority NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson released this powerful call to action:

“The U.S. Senate’s decision today to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is devastating blow to our democracy.

Derrick JohnsonDerrick Johnson"It threatens the integrity and legitimacy of the Senate and the Supreme Court as institutions, and the nation may never recover. This day will go down in infamy for the Senate’s abject failure to exercise its constitutional duty to advise and consent."

"The NAACP condemns this reckless and deeply partisan rush to confirm Kavanaugh after critical issues were raised about his integrity, temperament, impartiality, history of sexual assault, and judicial record.

"There is far too much at stake for every community not to have fully reviewed this nominee for the highest court in the land who will chart our future for a generation.  

"The American people deserved better than this. Now more than ever we must harness our frustration and use our voices at the ballot box in November so this grave injustice of historic proportion never happens again.

"We must vote: our freedoms, our protections, and our lives depend on it.”

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