I met Joe Manchin in 2009 when the Liberty University football team played West Virginia University in Morgantown. It was a cordial meeting and a close game that WVU won. I told the then-Governor how my maternal grandfather grew up in a rural part of Lincoln County in the early 1900s. Today, I want Senator Manchin to know that West Virginians have an important question for him.
Will Manchin vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh based on the judge’s impeccable experience and judicial prudence, or will the Senator continue his resistance to President Trump by siding with Democrat obstructionists?
As one of the most qualified nominees ever to be chosen to sit on the Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh will uphold the values and laws that have made West Virginia, and our country, great.
As a UVA Law School-trained attorney myself, I see Judge Kavanaugh as a brilliant, mainstream jurist with incredible legal credentials. He’s an academic who earned his law degree from Yale Law School. His resume includes a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and he currently sits on the D.C. Circuit — often referred to as the “second highest court in the land.” As a judge, Kavanaugh has built a thorough track-record of rulings that interpret the law, not make the law.
Like President Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh is pro-Second Amendment, and a staunch defender of the Constitution and religious freedom. Best of all, Kavanaugh is set to join one of the most originalist Supreme Courts in recent history.
As a Christian, I believe it’s more important than ever that judges exercise integrity in how they protect religious liberty. Judge Kavanaugh exemplifies the ability to consider each individual case on its facts, rather than on the emotional public debates that can hijack a right as important as one’s faith.
President Trump didn’t require a political litmus test for Judge Kavanaugh, however. Following the “Ginsburg Standard,” a judge sworn to decide impartially shouldn’t offer forecasts or hints that would show disdain for the entire judicial process.
Instead, Kavanaugh is committed to rising above partisan politics and making the legal judgment most in line with our Constitution regardless of his own views.
It’s for these reasons that President Trump invited Senator Manchin as part of a bipartisan group of six senators to the White House to discuss the appointment to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy immediately after his retirement was announced. It was one of many collaborative steps the President took in what has been the most transparent Supreme Court selection process in history.
But things turned south quickly with Senator Manchin when President Trump made his final decision earlier this week. Manchin was invited to attend Kavanaugh’s White House ceremony, but declined President Trump’s offer. He then went a step further and said that he will only support Kavanaugh if the jurist publicly supports Obama’s failed healthcare law, instead of judging him by his ability to uphold the Constitution.
This isn’t surprising given Manchin’s allegiance to the far-left, which demonstrated outrage and theatrics over President Trump’s decision.
For instance, the Democrats publicly stated, “The SCOTUS consideration of Judge Brett Kavanaugh… represents a clear and present danger to the safety, health, and wellbeing of Americans.”
Before President Trump even announced his pick, Senator Elizabeth Warren said that “every single judge on @realDonaldTrump’s shortlist for the Supreme Court has been pre-approved by right-wing extremists.”
And Senator Bob Casey said that regardless of who President Trump picked, he would obstruct and oppose the nominee.
So all of this leaves Senator Manchin, whose state President Trump won by over 40 points in 2016, with two options: advise and consent on the President’s Supreme Court nominee who is by far the most qualified judge in the country, or side with the radical left-wing Democrats who wish to obstruct President Trump’s every decision. He has sided with them many times before, to the dismay of countless West Virginians.
Manchin voted against President Trump’s tax cuts and opposed repealing and replacing Obamacare, two of President Trump’s key legislative agenda items. He also opposed nearly half a dozen of President Trump’s other judicial nominees.
Brett Kavanaugh’s reputation and experience make him an excellent candidate for our nation’s highest court — one who will carry the torch of religious liberty and American exceptionalism for decades to come
Now is the time for West Virginians to ask Senator Manchin to put aside his left-wing obstructionism and make his choice to vote for Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.