Local politicians react to President Trump's SCOTUS pick

President Trump's Supreme Court pick is sparking strong opinions from politicians.

Posted: Jul. 10, 2018 8:11 PM

KIMT NEWS 3 – While some are protesting President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, others are wanting the Senate to move forward with confirmation hearings.

Karin Housley is a state senator in Minnesota, and the GOP endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate. She thinks President Trump’s pick was “excellent,” and hopes the Senate will quickly confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1.

“I think he's very well qualified, he upholds the rule of law, and he's a real reverent of the Constitution,” Housley said.

Housley is running against current Sen. Tina Smith, who was one of many who gathered outside the United State Supreme Court to protest President Trump’s nominee.

“This is a pivotal moment in our country,” Smith said Monday at the protest, after the announcement. “The person who fills this seat long held by Justice Kennedy will shape the course of American democracy for decades. I had hoped that the President would appoint a consensus choice, but clearly that did not happen today.”

Protestors think Kavanaugh will be too conservative, and affect progress made on issues like women’s, LGBTQ, and worker’s rights.

Housley thinks it’s another example of Smith being an obstructionist.

“I thought it was very disappointing that without even meeting him, without even hearing who he is, what he's done, she was ready to obstruct anybody that the President was going to nominate,” Housley said.

President Trump introduced Kavanaugh as a “judge’s judge” and cited his “proven commitment to equal justice under law.”

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