Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for SCOTUS: Why are some conservatives worried?

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Last night, in primetime, President Trump announced 53-year-old Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. The president said he looked for a judge who would be able to set aside their political views and "apply the Constitution as written."

The president listed several of Kavanaugh's credentials. He is a graduate of Yale, which, if he is confirmed, would maintain the Court's unanimous Ivy League makeup. The president described him as a "judge's judge" who has authored over 300 opinions over the last 12 years as a judge on the US Court of Appeals DC Circuit. Kavanaugh currently teaches at Harvard Law School where he was hired by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan when she was Dean there.

Kavanaugh was a law clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1993, at the same time as Neil Gorsuch. He later worked for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr during the Clinton-Whitewater investigation. He also worked as Counsel in the George W. Bush White House, eventually becoming Staff Secretary to the President.

He is active in his Catholic church community, volunteering in soup kitchens, tutoring students at elementary schools, and coaching his daughters' basketball teams. The players call him, "Coach K." No word yet on whether Justice Ginsburg will call him "Coach K," or "whippersnapper."

Trump said, "No one in America is more qualified for this position and no one is more deserving."

Kavanaugh seems to tick most of the right boxes.

So, those are the positives. Kavanaugh seems to tick most of the right boxes. It definitely seems like Trump was convinced to go with a very "confirmable" nominee, rather that someone like Amy Coney Barrett, who many conservatives were rooting for, but who probably would have invited a messier Senate confirmation battle.

But some conservatives are nervous about Kavanaugh because of a 2011 opinion he wrote when the DC Circuit heard a case considering the constitutionality of Obamacare. In that opinion, he ended up supporting the law's individual mandate, and that opinion directly influenced John Roberts' fateful Supreme Court decision on Obamacare.

The other potential red flag for Kavanaugh's confirmation is a 2009 article he wrote for the Minnesota Law Review in which he said he believes presidents should not be subject to civil lawsuits or criminal investigations while in office because they were "time-consuming and distracting." Democrats will grill Kavanaugh for a week on that alone.

Judge Kavanaugh was greeted with a lengthy standing ovation before stepping to the podium to accept the President's nomination, with Kavanaugh's wife, Ashley, and their two daughters by his side. He gave a touching tribute to his parents who were in the audience and ended by describing his judicial philosophy:

A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written. And a judge must interpret the constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent.

That is encouraging to hear, but conservatives who believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights have been burned plenty of times before by supposedly conservative justices. The proof will be in the pudding.

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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The less-than-favorable reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's bid for governor of California as a Republican has shown that leftists and so-called "transgender rights activist" care more about political party than actual transgender rights. Despite the fact that if she wins, Jenner would be the first trans governor in our nation's history — and prove that Republicans aren't 'transphobic' — Leftist activists would rather back Gavin Newsom — a cisgender, white male.

"Make no mistake: we can't wait to elect a #trans governor of California. But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard pass," tweeted Equality California, one of the state's largest LGBTQ-rights groups.

"With all due respect, @Caitlyn_Jenner, you are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO," tweeted leftist activist and actress Alyssa Milano.

"Well done Caitlyn Jenner, running for governor wins you the one medal you never got: stupidest mother***ker on earth. Running as a Trump Republican & entering a world that hates you," tweeted "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman.

In this clip from the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere discussed the Left's hostile reaction to Jenner's candidacy for California governor and agreed that leftist trans activists are showing themselves to be more "leftists" than "trans activists."

"If Caitlyn Jenner did, let's say, run for governor and win as a Republican, wouldn't that go a long way to advance what [trans rights activists'] goal supposedly is? Like, if you really believe Republicans hate trans people and what you want is for society to have trans people accepted more broadly, what better way to accomplish that than having a Republican trans candidate?" Stu asked.

"Yeah, see, but you just said the key words: 'If you really believe.' They don't really believe anything. I don't think they even really believe that Republicans hate gay people. I don't think they actually believe that. That's just a slogan that's been drilled in their head," Glenn said. "It doesn't have anything to do with race or gender, or really anything else. It has everything to do with politics. That's it."

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