Verdict's In: Key Conservative Groups Give Glowing Reports on Kavanaugh


Leaders from several major conservative advocacy groups have come out in support of President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

In  announcing the nomination Monday night, Trump said, “What matters is not a judge’s political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require.” In Washington, D.C., Circuit Court Judge Kavanaugh, Trump said, he had found such a person.

Conservative leaders were quick to voice their support for the president’s pick.

Heritage Foundation president Kay Cole James tweeted, “Brett Kavanaugh has top-notch credentials and will be another great justice on SCOTUS.”

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Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, wrote in a Twitter post that “President Trump promised a constitutionalist – someone who will call balls and strikes according to the Constitution. Judge Kavanaugh has a long & praiseworthy history of judging as an originalist.

“We look forward to having a justice with his philosophical approach on the Court.”

National Rifle Association executive director Chris Cox said, “President Trump has made another outstanding choice in nominating Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. He has an impressive record that demonstrates his strong support for the Second Amendment.”

Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, tweeted that Trump has “kept his word — again.”

“He promised the American people that if he had the opportunity, he’d nominate conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, & he’s done just that,” the Christian leader tweeted.

Kavanaugh has gotten top marks from major pro-life groups, according to Jim Geraghty, senior political correspondent for the conservative publication National Review.

In a Tuesday article headlined “Don’t Worry, Conservatives — Everybody You Like Loves This Guy,” Geraghty quoted Douglas Johnson, senior policy adviser to National Right to Life, as saying: “Judge Kavanaugh’s record, viewed as a whole, indicates a willingness to enforce the rights truly based on the text and history of the Constitution, while otherwise leaving policymaking in the hands of elected legislators.”

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Geraghty also quoted Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, stating: “President Trump has made another outstanding choice in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, keeping his promise to nominate only originalist judges to the Court. Judge Kavanaugh is an experienced, principled jurist with a strong record of protecting life and constitutional rights.”

Finally, the editorial board of National Review, a publication, remember, that dedicated an entire issue to opposing Trump’s candidacy during the 2016 GOP primary campaign, described Kavanaugh in glowing terms.

“As a judge in the highest-profile appeals court in the nation, he has shown an exemplary dedication to the rule of law,” the editors wrote.

“He has repeatedly cautioned his colleagues on the bench not to attempt to play a legislative role. He has also insisted on enforcing constitutional structures of accountability on government agencies,” the editors added.

“He has vindicated the right to free speech, to bear arms, and to religious liberty,” the National Review board recounted.

In accepting the nomination, Kavanaugh — who was appointed to the D.C. Circuit by President George W. Bush in 2006 — stated: “My judicial philosophy is straightforward. A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written. And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent.”

Of course, Kavanaugh still has to get through what is likely to be a grueling confirmation process. How he holds up under that will tell the country a lot about the man who could be so influential for the next several decades.

And there are some in conservative circles who have reservations about Kavanaugh’s support for civil liberties, as an American Conservative piece pointed out Tuesday.

But on the whole, and so far, at least, it would appear that Kavanaugh, like Gorsuch before him, is quickly garnering conservative support from many corners.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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