Democrats, including U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), have made it clear that they’re only interested in resisting and obstructing President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination, the Republican National Committee said in a press release.
“Clearly, today’s antics have shown us this much,” the committee said, mentioning theatrical attempts to delay Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing Tuesday.
Kavanaugh vowed to be a “a neutral and impartial arbiter” if confirmed, after what Fox News called “a chaotic first day of hearings.”
Kavanaugh was introduced by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman and attorney Lisa Blatt, a liberal Democrat who said she voted for Hillary Clinton for president but supports Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Earlier Tuesday, protests from Democratic lawmakers and demonstrators delayed the formal start of proceedings by more than an hour. Within moments of Tuesday’s confirmation hearing kickoff, top Democrats tried to stop the session with a rapid-fire string of objections concerning access to the nominee’s records.
When Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) first tried to deliver opening remarks, Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) raised objections to the committee just receiving a batch of 42,000 documents relating to the nominee’s work with past administrations.
The Democrats began working out a strategy this weekend to falsely claim a lack of access to the documents.
In mid-August, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, wrote to his Democrat colleagues with an offer to facilitate access to specific confidential records that Democrat members wish to discuss during the open session of the confirmation hearing. His letter is available to read here.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) was the only Democratic senator to respond to Grassley’s request – and she asked for only 12 pages, to which Grassley agreed.
The Republican National Committee said Brown, or “Silent Brown,” has joined the extremists in his party to oppose Kavanaugh, a highly-qualified, mainstream conservative judge, even before hearings began.
“Sherrod Brown should stand up to his own party and denounce their ridiculous antics during Judge Kavanaugh’s hearing this morning. Ohioans are clear in their desire to see Judge Kavanaugh confirmed and won’t take kindly to Brown failing to call out his bosses and colleagues for not giving him a fair hearing,” RNC Spokeswoman Mandi Merritt said.
“With his opposition to Judge Kavanaugh, Sherrod Brown has made it clear that he’d rather appease his ‘resistance’ base than please his red-state constituents,” Merritt said. “As hearings continue this week, Ohioans will be watching to see if Sherrod Brown continues to side with party over country.”
The committee points to “Brown the Blocker’s” record, including:
As of August 2018, Brown has voted against President Trump on policy 80.9 percent of the time.
As of August 2018, Brown Has Voted Against President Trump On 40 Of 80 Nominations, Or 50 Percent Of The Time.
As of August 2018, Brown Has Voted Against 21 Of President Trump’s 26 Circuit Court Nominations (80.8 Percent).
As of August 2018, Brown Has Voted Against 25 Of President Trump’s 52 Judicial Nominations (48.1 Percent).
Last year, it took Brown just 11 minutes to come out against the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
As Brown continues to appeal to his “resistance” base, he risks alienating his red-state constituents, the GOP said. A poll released last week that shows 56 percent of Ohioans prefer a Senate candidate that supports Kavanaugh’s nomination.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.