They Stole a Supreme Court Seat From Us
Tom Perez lays out how Trump and the Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat and gave us Janus
Yesterday morning the Supreme Court's conservative majority handed down an awful decision, siding with corporations over working families by making it harder for unions to organize nationwide. This decision is merely the latest terrible ruling the high court has handed down in the last few weeks:
- Upholding Trump's Muslim ban.
- Allowing Ohio to keep purging voters from its rolls, creating a blueprint for other Republican-led states across the country to suppress voters.
- Reversing a lower court ruling that found that several Texas congressional and legislative districts were racially gerrymandered.
- Ruling against a California law that prevents anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" from misleading women.
- Limiting the ability of millions of workers to join together and challenge their employers on everything from wage disputes to discrimination to sexual harassment claims.
All of these decisions were decided by a 5-4 vote -- and they only happened because Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat from President Obama.
These rulings are proof: Elections matter.
We weren't able to confirm Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court in 2016, because Republicans held a majority in the Senate and refused to even give Judge Garland a hearing. They kept that seat vacant for a whole year because they knew it was the swing vote on the high court. Then they elected a Republican president, and a Republican Senate majority confirmed Neil Gorsuch.
If we don't do everything in our power to flip the Senate in 2018, and the White House in 2020, Donald Trump could appoint even more Supreme Court justices -- and as a lawyer, let me tell you: that would be absolutely catastrophic for our country.
This is all a part of the Republican playbook. They have been on a decades-long mission to make it harder to vote and undermine the labor movement -- and they've largely been pursuing this agenda through the courts. The worst part: Republicans are good at this. They know how important the judiciary is, and they get out to vote in each and every election because they know just how much is at stake.
They want to make it harder for people to vote, harder for people to organize, and harder for people to make their voices heard -- all because they know that's the only way they can win. We have to fight back -- and we have to fight back now:
This Supreme Court decision is another blow to our democracy, but we can't waste time hanging our heads.
This post was written by Democratic National Committee Chair and Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. While it was originally a fundraising letter, we took out the fundraising links but decided that message was extremely important following the Janus decision. If you do want to give to take back our government, you can do that by clicking here. -Kris LaGrange