Even before President Donald Trump announced on Monday evening his nominee for the Supreme Court, progressives were already on the move, having established websites, printed protest signs, and organized rallies. Judge Brett Kavanaugh was Trump’s choice, while there were several others including Amy Barrett who also merited forceful opposition from progressives before the announcement was made. There was evidence on the street and in establishment media and social media that progressives were ready to go at a moments notice in what gave the appearance of astroturf opposition. 

Here follow some examples:

1) Fox News’ Supreme Court reporter Shannon Bream found herself harassed and threatened on the steps of the high court on Monday after President Donald Trump announced his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. A crowd of approximately 300 progressives and other critics of the Trump administration showed up on Monday evening.

 

When the president announced his choice, left-wing activists began chanting. Some of them, according to Bream, approached her and called her a “blonde bimbo.” Feeling “threatened” by the “volatile” situation, Bream returned to the Fox News studios for her own safety. Bream tweeted, “Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS.” Even after Bream left the steps of the Supreme Court, witnesses say that the mob continued to harass the Fox News crew.

2. The Monday night protest revealed that opponents of Trump’s nominee had glossy printed signs denouncing Judge Kavanaugh in advance of the president’s announcement. There was also a website, titled StopKavanaugh.com, already prepared. 

3. Campus Reform produced a video that showed one of its reporters asking students in New York City for reaction to Trump’s nomination of a new Supreme Court justice, but in advance of the announcement. The young students expressed their opposition, despite the fact that the president had not yet announced his choice.

4. The Women's March on Washington organization issued a statement on Trump’s nominee but neglected to add a name to its press release. The Women's’ March on Washington organized a mass protest against President Trump on the day after his inauguration. One of the organizers is Linda Sarsour -- a Palestinian-American radical who has been linked to terrorists.

Women's March responded, writing: "We care a hell of a lot more about the safety and freedom of our communities than we do about typos. And we will continue to rise up, to disobey, to take action to defend our people."

5. Comedian Tim Young was on hand at the protest. He tweeted a selfie from the protest to give the lie to any claims that thousands of protesters against Trump were on hand.

6. The StopKavanaugh.com website was created on June 28, more than one week before Trump made his announcement, according to the ICANN.WHOIS website.

7. A photo emerged on Reddit that showed various glossy signs left behind at the Monday protest. Each bore the name of one of the four candidates for the Supreme Court whose names had been circulating before Trump’s announcement:. "Stop Barrett" "Stop Kethledge" "Stop Hardiman" "Stop Kavanaugh."

 8. CNN’s Nightline news program announced on Twitter, hours before Trump’s announcement, that reporter Terry Moran would be at the Supreme Court to report on the “controversial” nominee.

9. David French, a senior writer at National Review magazine, noted that he received an email from Democracy for America -- a progressive advocacy group that was founded by former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean -- announcing that the group will fight Kavanaugh because he 'represents a generational assault on justice, freedom, core democratic values.'"

The StopKavanaugh.com website was designed by digital design firm Wide Eye Creative, according to Capital Research Center, which has done work for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), as well as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the American Federation of Teachers as well as other groups aligned with the Democrat party and progressive causes.

Here follows a list of some of the politicians and advocates who showed up for the protest on Monday evening:

Sen. Corey Booker (D-New Jersey)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut)

Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minnesota)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts)

Ilyse Hogue President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Chad Griffin President, Human Rights Campaign

Nan Aron President, Alliance for Justice

Brad Woodhouse Executive Director, Protect Our Care

Valarie Long Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union

Fatima Goss Graves President, National Women’s Law Center

Mara Keisling Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality

Victoria Kirby York Deputy Director, National LGBTQ Task Force

Debra Ness President, National Partnership for Women and Families

Sharon McGowan Legal Director, Lambda Legal

Jody Rabhan Washington Director, National Council of Jewish Women

Elizabeth Wydra President, Constitutional Accountability Center

Hilary Shelton Washington Bureau Director, NAACP

At the rally, Sen. Sanders challenged his listeners "Are you ready for a fight?" He said, "Kavanaugh will be a rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pushed by corporations and billionaires." Echoing his 2016 denunciations of "billionaires," Sanders said on Monday,  "Are you ready to defend Roe vs. Wade? Are you ready to tell the Supreme Court that we think it's absurd that they give constitutional rights to billionaires to buy elections and then tell women they don't have the constitutional right to control their own bodies?"

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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