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News Tuesday, Sep 22 2020

MEMO: Upcoming Supreme Court nomination fight

Sep 22, 2020

TO: Interested parties

FROM:    Bradley Beychok, President, American Bridge 21st Century

RE: Upcoming Supreme Court nomination fight

A Supreme Court vacancy less than seven weeks before Election Day has dramatically raised the stakes in an already pivotal election for this country’s future. At a time when Americans are struggling from a mismanaged pandemic that has tanked the economy, the Republican Party is focused on ramming through a nominee that will back ending protections for pre-existing health care conditions and stripping care away from millions. A woman’s right to choose, voting rights, environmental protections and policies that level the playing field for working families all hang in the balance. 

An unpopular president is attempting to rush through an unpopular nominee in order to allow the GOP to end policies and protections supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans. Early polling clearly indicates that the majority of the American people want the winner of this presidential election — which has already begun in Minnesota, Virginia, South Dakota and Wyoming — to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As the record-shattering outpouring of grassroots donations to Democratic campaigns and causes shows, Democrats are fired up like never before.

American Bridge 21st Century is all in on this fight. We will leverage every resource available to us to stop Donald Trump from securing another seat on the Supreme Court and we will hold Republicans accountable. That begins with opposition research. Our efforts will include:

  • Expanding our research team in order to conduct the most thorough personal vetting possible on Trump’s eventual nominee. Our team will comb through all available public information in order to build a comprehensive portrait of the nominee and the threat their lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court poses to the policies that matter most to the American people.
  • Distributing our research to allies. American Bridge 21st Century has already begun distributing opposition research into potential nominees to the constellation of allied groups that will lead the fight against confirmation. We will work closely with these partner organizations to maximize the impact of our research and ensure the right information is finding the right audiences.
  • Keeping the public informed. Earlier this year, we announced a first-of-its-kind public research hub on Donald Trump and his administration turning our research book into a searchable website. We will update with our deep dive into the nominee so members of the public and the media can have access to the information as well.
  • Holding GOP Senate candidates accountable. The most dangerous weapon you can use against a politician is their own words. We have reels of footage of every Republican Senator demanding the American people be heard in choosing the next Supreme Court Justice. Now they’ve gone back on their word and are rushing to appoint a Justice who will repeal the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic. We’re going to use that footage to hold Republican Senators accountable and expose their hypocrisy to the voters. Digital ads targeting Senators Gardner, Graham, Ernst, Tillis and Cornyn have already begun.  

There will be no stone left unturned and nowhere for Republicans to hide. We will take the fight to Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Senate Republicans, and any nominee they attempt to force through before the American people have had their say. Put simply: American Bridge 21st Century is all in on this fight. 

Published: Sep 22, 2020

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