From 'People Will Die' to 'Dictatorship' — 10 of the Most Intense Reactions to Kavanaugh Pick

| JUL 11, 2018 | 3:40 PM

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When President Donald Trump announced he would nominate Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, many progressives weren't happy.

Many on Twitter predicted that the nominee would threaten a host of causes championed by some on the left. Here's a list of some of the most intense reactions IJR found:

1. Producer Joss Whedon

Hollywood producer Joss Whedon warned that “even considering” Kavanaugh would help install a dictatorship under Trump:

Whedon's comments echoed those of “The View” co-host Joy Behar, who suggested Republicans would achieve a dictatorship with control over all three branches of the federal government.

2. Gun Control Proponent Chris Murphy

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a vocal advocate for gun control, warned that Kavanaugh was a “Second Amendment radical”:

3. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe predicted that Kavanaugh would threaten “millions” of lives:

4. The NAACP

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called Kavanaugh a “dangerous ideologue” and that civil rights hung “in the balance.”

“Our state conferences, branches, and units are fully engaged to tell their senators that our civil rights hang in the balance and that Kavanaugh must be defeated,” the organization said.

5. Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a long denunciation of Trump's pick, describing it as “a clear and disrespectful assault on the fundamental rights of women.”

“If he proves as eager an executor of the president's bitter campaign to overturn Roe v. Wade and sabotage Americans' health care as his record suggests, a woman's right to choose will be repealed and the health coverage and economic security of 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will be in grave peril,” she said in a statement.

6. Actor John Cusack

Actor John Cusack mentioned how Kavanaugh helped Ken Starr investigate former President Bill Clinton:

“Trump picked his very own Supreme con,” he said.

7. Political Commentator Bill Palmer

Commentator Bill Palmer accused Kavanaugh of racism:

8. Former Clinton Adviser Peter Daou

Peter Daou, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton, called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a “THIEF” for stealing a SCOTUS pick from former President Barack Obama:

“Your legacy will be that you stole a #SCOTUS pick from America's first black president,” he said, referring to how McConnell blocked Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland's confirmation.

9. Al Sharpton

Democratic commentator and former presidential candidate Al Sharpton argued Democrats shouldn't even meet with Kavanaugh:

“The nomination of Kavanaugh is a serious and immediate threat to civil rights, women's rights, labor rights and LGBTQ rights,” he also said.

10. Yale Law School Students and Alumni

Students and alumni from Kavanaugh's alma mater warned that people would “die” with him on the Supreme Court:

“People will die if he is confirmed,” a letter signed by a long list of Yale Law School grads and students said.