Trumps Finds Unlikely Allies After Naming New Supreme Court Pick

From behind a pedestal in the White House East Room, President Trump announced that he is nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. This will be Trump’s second Supreme Court pick in just two years, a monumental and consequential achievement.

It did not take long for conservatives to flood airwaves in supports of Kavanaugh and Trump found a few unlikely allies in the announcement.

Immediately following the announcement, Trump found an unlikely supporter in former President George W. Bush who gave a statement to Fox News in support of the pick.

“President Trump made an outstanding decision in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court,” Bush said in the statement.

And, “Brett is a brilliant jurist who has faithfully applied the Constitution and laws throughout his 12 years on the D.C. Circuit. He is a fine husband, father, and friend – and a man of the highest integrity. He will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.”

The complimentary remarks were echoed by the former president’s brother, Jeb Bush.

“Excellent choice for SCOTUS. Judge Kavanaugh will be a strong defender of the Constitution,” the former Florida governor and presidential candidate said on social media.

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An unlikely ally from within the NFL also praised Trump’s decision. From Arizona Cardinals:

Michael Bidwill has known Brett Kavanaugh since they attended high school together at Georgetown Prep outside Washington, D.C., among the Class of 1983, including their time as football teammates.

Now that Kavanaugh was nominated Monday night by President Donald Trump to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Bidwill and his fellow Georgetown Prep alumni are reaching out to those deciding on Kavanaugh’s candidacy, sending a letter vouching for his character. Kavanaugh will now go through confirmation in the U.S. Senate.

The Georgetown Prep letter, which was e-mailed Monday as soon as Trump made the announcement, was the first to be sent to Senate leaders overseeing the process.

The letter was spearheaded by four members of the 1983 class – Bidwill, DeLancey Davis, Paul Murray and Don Urgo Jr. – who spent time tracking down not only other 1983 class members but also Georgetown Prep products who knew Kavanaugh on either side of his graduating class.

Bidwill explained he is looking to help Senators see a more personal review of Kavanaugh.

“The purpose of the letter is to talk about Brett as a person,” Bidwill said in a phone interview, as AZCardinals reports. “We have known him and known what a brilliant mind he has. He’s eminently qualified.”

“I think now that he’s been selected by the President, he will go through a thorough vetting process and as they go through that process they will learn about the great person we know,” he continued.

And, “He is a man of high character, high intelligence, excellence and independence. We want to speak up and show our support as former classmates and long-time friends.”

As AZCardinals reports, the letter partially reads, “We represent a broad spectrum of achievements, vocations, political beliefs, family histories and personal lifestyles. We unite in our common belief that Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh is a good man, a brilliant jurist, and is eminently qualified to serve as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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