Female lawmakers react to Kavanaugh with #SaveScotus — and gear up for the 'fight of our lives'

Tammy Duckworth, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein (Photo: Getty Images)

The announcement of Brett Kavanaugh as President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee on Monday night sparked a diverse array of reactions — on the web and off. There was praise from right-wing politicians and disdain from those on the left. There were scathing reactions about the implications for Roe v. Wade, and glowing reviews of the judge’s commitment to Catholicism.

Kavanaugh, 53, himself offered a review of his own record during the speech, specifically touching on what he describes as a track record of empowering women. He insisted that he’s committed to women — whether it’s his two young daughters, or the majority-female law clerks that he’s “proudly” appointed during his time as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Distict of Columbia Circuit.

His remarks on women, however heartfelt, did little to assuage concerns among female lawmakers. In the hours after the announcement, the women of Washington spelled out their concerns about the choice, ranging from women’s rights to immigration.

The concerns are likely to be used to try to sway the two Republican senators who could prove to be the pivotal votes against Kavanaugh: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. But while a vote is likely to be far off, for many lawmakers, the fight has already begun. Just minutes after the announcement, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and others marched out to join a crowd of protesters on the steps of the Supreme Court, wearing pro-choice shirts. “We are in the fight of our lives,” Warren told the crowd. 

From last night to this morning, here is a look at what the women in Washington have to say.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D- Mass.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, D.C.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.

Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.

Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn.

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