McAuliffe: Kavanaugh ‘Will Threaten the Lives of Millions of Americans for Decades’

The former Virginia governor is one of many on the left who worry Trump's 'detrimental' choice puts the country in 'danger'

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Democratic heavyweight and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had perhaps the most scorching take Monday night on President Donald Trump nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Trump announced the selection of Kavanaugh, a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judge, to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy Monday night, and within minutes McAuliffe was predicting doom for millions.

"The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party," McAuliffe said.

Some other reactions to the pick on Twitter were similarly general in their condemnation of Kavanaugh, saying he would threaten America’s political stability in addition to people’s lives and rights. Among those reactions were a number of – like McAuliffe – potential 2020 aspirants who lambasted the nominee.

Others tweeted specifically about Kavanaugh’s supposed views on particular issues, such as the Second Amendment.

He was painted as an enemy of health care, especially in the eyes of abortion proponents such as NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Some of Kavanaugh's critics apparently wrote part of their criticism before he was even chosen, as the Women's March organization sent out an email with a placeholder "XX" in place of a name.

Paul Crookston

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Paul Crookston is the deputy war room director at the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at

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