As the American public and U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle continue to process and express outrage at President Donald Trump’s bizarrely deferential and “pathetic” performance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, progressive advocacy groups were quick to highlight one substantive step senators can and must take to check the president: block his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“A reminder to every single Republican senator currently outraged about the Helsinki Summit: If you care about this, you should be ready to #StopKavanaugh. His record shows he’s ready to shield Trump from accountability for any of this.”
Pointing to Kavanaugh’s view—just one of his many odious positions—that presidents should be “shielded from civil suits and criminal investigations,” Indivisible and other prominent organizations began to pressure both Republican and Democratic senators claiming to be appalled by Trump’s behavior at the Finland summit to move beyond “substance-less” tough talk and take action to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“A reminder to every single Republican senator currently outraged about the Helsinki Summit: If you care about this, you should be ready to #StopKavanaugh,” Indivisible wrote in a tweet on Monday, arguing that Kavanaugh’s confirmation could imperil Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. “His record shows he’s ready to shield Trump from accountability for any of this.”
Tweeting directly at Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Tuesday after she denounced the Trump’s remarks at his joint press conference with Putin—during which the U.S. president unequivocally accepted the Russian leader’s claim that he did nothing to interfere with the 2016 presidential election—Indivisible wrote, “If you’re serious about taking action after Trump’s comments at Helsinki, you should commit to #StopKavanaugh and #SaveSCOTUS.”