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Starring in a prime-time television show as president of the United States, Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday to be the next justice of the Supreme Court.

LeeAnn Hall and George Goehl, co-directors of People’s Action, provided this response:

“Trump said during his address, ‘I am a man of my word; I do what I say.’ In that respect it is no surprise that the man he has chosen to be Supreme Court justice is a man who has ruled against the rights of women and LGBTQ people, and who has upheld systems of structural racism and corporate unaccountability.

“But a promise to appoint a Supreme Court justice whose record shows he will not defend the powerless and marginalized, whose view of “originalism” embraces a history and culture of racism, sexism and corporate greed, is a promise that should not be kept. It is also a promise to which the Senate must not give its consent.

“We will do everything in our power to pressure the Senate to vote against Gorsuch, or any Supreme Court nominee who will lock in the extremism of the Trump administration for generations to come. We applaud those senators who have vowed to filibuster Gorsuch, and encourage them to stand strong.”

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People’s Action is a national organization of more than a million people across 30 states working for economic, racial, gender and climate justice – and to ensure everyone a voice in our political system. From family farms to big cities, from coast to coast, we’re fighting for community over greed, justice over racism, and people and planet over big corporations.

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People’s Action is a national network of 38 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. Our organization recently released a vision for a national Homes Guarantee that has already prompted major legislation from champions including U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib. We operate the largest progressive rural organizing project in the country. Prior to endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, we completed a national forum series that The Nation called “the most in-depth, people-powered forum” of the 2020 cycle.”

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