CNN Legal Analyst: Republicans Want Kavanaugh Confirmed So Gay People Won't Be Able to Shop Where They Want

September 27, 2018

Liberal CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin declared Republicans are focused on getting Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court because they don't want gay people to "shop everywhere they want to shop."

Toobin was part of a large panel analyzing the Senate Judiciary Committee testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who gave testimony Thursday about being sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, which has endangered his confirmation hopes.

CNN anchor John King chided Republicans for moving forward on Kavanaugh's confirmation vote without getting Mark Judge, whom Ford says was present as the assault occurred, under oath. Judge has also denied the claims made by Ford.

"How can the Republicans—if you take Professor Ford as credible, how can you move forward and confirm somebody to the swing seat on the United States Supreme Court without getting a potential eyewitness under oath?" King asked. "I do not know how they can answer that question."

"Because they want to win," Toobin said. "Because they want to overturn Roe v. Wade. Because they want Citizens United expanded. Because they want gay people to be not allowed to shop everywhere they want to shop. That's why they're doing it."

Toobin presumably was referring to a ruling about a Colorado bakery not being compelled to bake a cake for a gay wedding because of a religious objection.

Toobin has been vocal in his opposition to whatever nominee President Donald Trump put forward since Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, bemoaning conservative judicial views, fretting Roe v. Wade was doomed, and later praising Democrats for fighting Kavanaugh at earlier confirmation hearings.

He mocked the questioning of Ford on Thursday by Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, saying it was akin to "CSI Chevy Chase."