Yale Law School published a press release on Monday lauding President Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh to be his second Supreme Court nominee.
It is an appropriate gesture, given that Kavanaugh is a graduate of Yale Law.
"People will die if he's confirmed." Students and alumni press Yale to condemn Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh https://t.co/Ur3s1nIR64
— FORTUNE (@FortuneMagazine) July 15, 2018
A group of Yale Law students were not as pleased with the selection of Kavanaugh and responded with a letter warning of the horrors that confirming Kavanaugh would confer onto the American people.
The final paragraph of the letter is what stands out most, particularly the fourth sentence.
“Now is the time for moral courage — which for Yale Law School comes at so little cost. Perhaps you, as an institution and as individuals, will benefit less from Judge Kavanaugh’s ascendent power if you withhold your support. Perhaps Judge Kavanaugh will be less likely to hire your favorite students. But people will die if he is confirmed. We hope you agree your sacrifice would be worth it. Please use your authority and platform to expose the stakes of this moment and the threat that Judge Kavanaugh poses.”
For Yale Law School students to disagree with many of Kavanaugh’s decisions is not unexpected, but to state that people “will die” if he is confirmed is unconscionable and inappropriate.
Furthermore, it needlessly feeds the already overly hyperbolic tendencies of many Americans.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also voiced his opposition. And citing no reference, said Kavanaugh’s confirmation will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come.
The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) July 10, 2018
Opposers should put forth reasoned, policy-based contention to Kavanaugh during the confirmation process.
Then if he is confirmed, every American will have to trust that he will make decisions based on accurate interpretation of the Constitution.