While the rest of the country finds itself scandalized by the publication of a New York Times op-ed from an anonymous senior official in the Trump administration who confirmed s/he stays on board to shield the United States from President Donald Trump's worst impulses, Hillary Clinton has not tweeted about Trump at all. In fact, she's remained committed to one goal: Making sure Brett Kavanaugh, the president's nomination for the Supreme Court, is not confirmed.
On Monday, which, was also Labor Day, Clinton began laying out a slew of reasons why Kavanaugh should not take a seat on the nation's highest court, particularly based on his record on workers' rights.
Happy Labor Day. There's no better time to talk about why workers’ rights would suffer if Brett Kavanaugh, whose he… https://t.co/KwKgxtdd1H— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1535982511.0
She pointed out that the Supreme Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, has "dealt some big blows to workers and unions in the last few years," adding that a Kavanaugh confirmation would only cement a hard-right majority.
The Roberts Court has dealt some big blows to workers and unions in the last few years. With Kavanaugh on the Court… https://t.co/tyRbPnwDWU— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1535982512.0
The Court's ruling in Janus v. AFSCME earlier this summer overturned a 40-year-old precedent to hold that public-se… https://t.co/PMseqBJe17— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1535982512.0
That ruling won't just hurt seven million public-sector union workers with contracts. It'll hurt all workers, becau… https://t.co/E5CNWq3m8I— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1535982512.0
Among other things, Clinton warns, the court has "recently granted corporations the right to deny workers reproductive health care and made it harder for workers to sue businesses," rulings which emphasize the "disparity in power between corporations and workers." Kavanaugh, with his record, would "further" that trend.
In other words, the Court has already been widening the disparity in power between corporations and workers. Kavana… https://t.co/a80X61vRoi— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1535982513.0
She closed with a call to action for her supporters to call their Senators to #StopKavanaugh:
Unions and labor movements are why we have workplace safety precautions, collective bargaining, weekends, minimum w… https://t.co/MyqQijltPN— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1535982514.0
The next day, Clinton took to Twitter to make the case that Kavanaugh would also threaten the future of the Affordable Care Act, particularly pre-existing condition protections.
Do you have a pre-existing condition? Do you care about someone who has one? Could you or someone you love ever get… https://t.co/ehy6xqbHsm— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536067166.0
Challenges to the Affordable Care Act's protections for patients, including the notion that insurance companies can… https://t.co/wO0rRYtyUO— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536067166.0
The next Supreme Court justice will have a chance to rule on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, which helps milli… https://t.co/R9cQaWq5V3— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536067167.0
And once again, she pointed to why Kavanaugh's record should concern us all.
In 2011, Kavanaugh dissented when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Court upheld the consitutionality of t… https://t.co/SdQMZCdY8A— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536067167.0
Supreme Court seats are for life. Your senators' votes on Kavanaugh could affect whether you, your loved ones, and… https://t.co/OzMuIaGTQ9— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536067168.0
On Wednesday, Clinton addressed concerns that Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion rights case.
If Brett Kavanaugh becomes a Supreme Court justice, will he help gut or overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abort… https://t.co/Owte9CoPAo— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536154941.0
She once again provided several examples, including a recent headline-grabbing case concerning an undocumented woman in government custody. Kavanaugh ruled against her right to have an abortion.
A few weeks before Kavanaugh's name appeared on President Trump's short list for a new justice, Kavanaugh praised t… https://t.co/ORtQysJSa3— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536154942.0
As a federal judge, Kavanaugh tried to prevent a young undocumented woman in government custody from exercising her right to an abortion.— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536154943.0
Kavanaugh ruled to let CEOs decide to deny their employees insurance coverage for no co-pay birth control.— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536154944.0
Clinton noted that a Kavanaugh confirmation would be a victory for anti-abortion advocates who view the Supreme Court opening as an opportunity for President Trump to codify his legislative agenda. Kavanaugh has received several endorsements from anti-abortion groups.
Anti-abortion groups have endorsed Kavanaugh, considering him a reliable vote to overturn Roe. His confirmation wou… https://t.co/CuASlnwNvW— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536154945.0
It's remarkable that we have to keep repeating this, even in 2018: Women's rights are human rights, and human rights are women's rights.— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536154946.0
On Thursday, Clinton turned her attention to Kavanaugh's contributions to voter suppression, including his decision to uphold a voter ID law in South Carolina which the Obama administration found "would disenfranchise 80,000 minority voters." In fact, Kavanaugh's record on this front, Clinton said, would disproportionately affect people of color.
Today's reason to call your senators and urge them to #StopKavanaugh: Kavanaugh would help kill the Voting Rights A… https://t.co/vljWcnXo83— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536235984.0
Kavanaugh voted in 2012 to uphold a South Carolina voter ID law that the Obama administration found would disenfran… https://t.co/xqZ1EZjY3p— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536235984.0
He wrote approvingly of "recent changes to voting laws" that include not just voter ID but also laws that put restr… https://t.co/zEgx2Gawdd— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536235985.0
And finally, on Friday, Clinton focused on the environment:
This year has seen record-high temperatures across the world, the biggest wildfire in California history, and an un… https://t.co/6mQmNuywXO— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536324216.0
And why should we be concerned if Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court?
Kavanaugh has consistently argued that the Environmental Protection Agency has limited authority under the Clean Ai… https://t.co/ZCf6iVLEyJ— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536324216.0
Replacing Kennedy with Kavanaugh would swing the Court to a new, hard-right majority that would rule against curbin… https://t.co/OvBmhffK0H— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536324217.0
Just last year, Kavanaugh ruled that the EPA's attempt to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, a particularly dangerous gr… https://t.co/cOn1S9qGUe— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536324219.0
And once again, concluded with a call to action:
We're not fighting for the planet in some abstract sense here. We're fighting for our continued ability to live on… https://t.co/0p1igAAQdV— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1536324220.0
The end of Clinton's tweet storm corresponded with the end of the Kavanaugh hearing, but we doubt this will be the last Clinton speaks out against his nomination. Donald Trump and Senate Republicans hope to confirm and seat him in the coming weeks, but that remains in question without fully committed support from both Republicans and Democrats, most notably potential Republican swing votes Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.