A group of House Republicans on Thursday issued a strongly worded response to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the high court, claiming the liberal Democrat is “willing to undermine the foundations of our democracy.”
The response from members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus comes after the high-profile confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh in the Senate on Wednesday, in which Democrats questioned his record on women’s rights, his judicial experience and allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
The Freedom Caucus, which was formed in May to hold Republicans accountable for their party’s legislative failures, has been urging Trump to nominate Kavanaugh for the court, with a number of lawmakers calling for him to be blocked by Democrats.
But they did not express outrage over the president’s choice, instead urging him to “get on with it” and focus on what he’s doing as president.
“The president should be focusing on what his policies and priorities are going to be, rather than how he has chosen to confirm a judge with such a record of being hostile to women,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Committee.
“This nominee is a total flunky.
This nominee will have no problem getting confirmed to the Supreme Court, and he should be focused on his agenda as president.”
Meadows and other lawmakers are calling for the president to put an end to his “disgraceful” confirmation process, including the way the Senate Judiciary Committee has handled the hearing, which has left Democrats with few questions.
“It is not our responsibility as the people of the United States to continue to be held hostage by the Senate.
This is a matter of conscience,” Meadows said in a statement.
“The Senate should not hold the president hostage by not holding him accountable for his nominee.”
The Freedom caucus is comprised of nearly all House Republicans.
In addition to Meadows, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are all members of this group.
In a statement, a spokesman for McConnell said that the Senate has made it clear that it will not be holding a hearing on the nomination, which is expected to take place on Friday.
“At the same time, we will not hesitate to consider the possibility of holding hearings on his nomination if the president chooses to do so,” the spokesman, Kevin Madden, said in the statement.
Trump has also been under fire for his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused by eight women of sexual assault.
Democrats have repeatedly accused Trump of making sexual assault accusations against them as a way to pressure them into backing him in the upcoming election.
Republicans have long called on the president not to appoint a Supreme Court justice who is likely to be biased against women, while also calling for Democrats to be more responsive to voters’ concerns about Kavanaugh’s judicial record and his alleged sexual misconduct.
The latest comments from the House GOP came after Republicans said they were planning to meet with Democratic Senator Al Franken on Wednesday to discuss Kavanaugh.
The Minnesota Democrat has been one of the most outspoken critics of Trump’s nomination, and many Republicans have called for Franken to step aside.