Leaders hold rally in opposition of Supreme Court nominee

President Trump stands with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family in the East Room of the White House (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Local leaders held a rally on Friday morning, opposing the president’s Supreme Court justice nominee.

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump nominated Yale Law School alum Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh has spoken openly about being pro-life and supporting the national rifle association.

On Friday morning, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Chris Murphy held a rally against the nomination, and in support of the Affordable Care Act, gun violence prevention, and women's reproductive rights.

"We need to issue a call to action to the American people. We are in the fight of our lives because we are fighting for your lives," Blumenthal said.

It was held in Hartford at the State Capitol.

"The reason we are fighting so hard against Brett Kavanaugh is because his values are radical values. They are not American values and that's why he doesn't deserve to be on the Supreme Court of the United States of America," said Murphy.

After the nomination, many in CT have been outspoken against the nomination. Demonstrators rallied in New Haven against the nomination, fearing what could happen in regards to women's rights.

Connecticut has its own laws protecting a woman's right to choose, rights for the LGBTQ community, and some of the toughest gun control in the country.

The crowd of about 100 people feel all that is now at stake.

"No matter how hard the fight is ahead of you, you have to do the fight. You have to show you are willing to fight and that can only move the conversation forward," said Lisa Kelly, a protestor.

Tim Herbst is running for governor and he's the most conservative of the GOP candidates. He's been endorsed by anti-abortion groups and those that support gun rights.

He feels Kavanaugh's personal views will not interfere with decades of court precedence.

"I think the makeup of the court, both now and the future, provides appropriate balance in coming to reasoned decisions in the best interested of the country," Herbst said.

Herbst feels because CT has its own law, it could be protected if the court leaves it up to the state to decide. There are other states where there are no laws protecting these rights and which would make abortion illegal.

Hearings could start in late August or early September.

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