WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Monday night, President Donald Trump announced his choice to succeed Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy: D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Within minutes — and in some cases, well before — leftists took to social media to vent their rage.
Their denunciations reinforced their central concern that the Catholic conservative threatens America's abortion regime.
Even before Trump revealed his pick, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) pledged he would fight Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation with "everything I've got," asserting the nominee will "undo women's reproductive freedom."
In a Tuesday interview with CBS, Schumer outlined his strategy for defeating the judge's appointment to the High Court: "I believe if we can prove to the American people, which I believe is truly the case, that this nominee will lead to a court that repeals women's reproductive freedom ... we will get a majority of the Senate to vote [against him]."
In an email to supporters, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) echoed Schumer's fury. In an email to supporters, Pelosi announced a fundraising drive "to make Republicans pay for the Supreme Court seat they STOLE from President Obama."
The San Francisco Democrat added she would "avenge President Obama if it's the last thing I do."
Another Bay Area leftist, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), stopped just short of vowing to vote against Kavanaugh, but she made her opinion clear.
"His views are far outside the legal mainstream when it comes to access to health care, executive power, gun safety, worker protections, women's reproductive freedom and the government's ability to ensure clean air and water, to name a few," Feinstein said.
"We need a nominee who understands that the court is there to protect the rights of all Americans, not just political interest groups and the powerful," she added.
In addition to senior party leadership, top contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president clamored to denounce Kavanaugh.
Speaking to protesters on the steps of the Supreme Court on Monday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called out: "Are you ready for a fight? Are you ready to defend Roe v. Wade?"
Addressing the same crowd, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) warned: "We are in the fight of our lives!"
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) took to Twitter, telling followers the D.C. judge "can't be trusted to safeguard rights for women."
Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) asserted, "Judge Kavanaugh has consistently proven to be a conservative ideologue instead of a mainstream jurist."
Harris warned he "represents a direct and fundamental threat to [the] promise of equality, and so I will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court."
Some leftist groups didn't even wait until Kavanaugh was unveiled to compile their condemnations.
Feminist group The Women's March accidentally released a statement without final edits, earning scorn for referring to Trump's nominee as "XX" — indicating the message was crafted before the president's announcement.
"In response to Donald Trump's nomination of XX to the Supreme Court," its message read, "The Women's March released the following statement."
Meanwhile, Democracy for America mistakenly referred the judge as a woman, promising to "fight Kavanaugh" because "she 'represents a generational assault on justice, freedom, core democratic values.'"
Likewise, ABC's "Nightline" tweeted prematurely, declaring Trump's pick "controversial" before Kavanaugh had been named Monday night.
Abortion activists minced no words in opposing the president's pick.
Planned Parenthood warned its followers that Roe v. Wade was on the line. In a statement issued Monday night, the nation's largest abortion provider declared:
Judge Kavanaugh has already ruled to limit access to safe, legal abortion — just last year, he used his judicial power to try and prevent a young, undocumented woman in U.S. custody from accessing the safe, legal abortion she had asked for. ... Kavanaugh hasn't just ruled to limit access to abortion. He's also ruled against women's access to birth control. Judge Kavanaugh authored the dissenting opinion in the D.C. Circuit's 2015 ruling on the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit, writing that he believed employers have the right to deny their employees health insurance coverage for birth control.
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the abortion giant, added, "There's no way to sugarcoat it. With this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line."
"We already know how Brett Kavanaugh would rule on Roe v. Wade, because the president told us so," she lamented. "The balance of the Supreme Court is at stake — we cannot allow it to be tilted against the constitutional right to access abortion."
NARAL Pro-Choice America echoed Planned Parenthood, blasting Kavanaugh as an "anti-choice ideologue."
"It is clear that he will be a reliable vote to end Roe v. Wade, criminalize abortion and punish women," the activist group warned.
"This fight goes beyond Roe," NARAL added. "This is a battle for the very heart and soul of our country."