Following the Senate’s vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States, leaders from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released the following statements:

“As an American Muslim woman and a civil rights lawyer, I am disgusted that the U.S. Senate was willing to demonstrate this level of disrespect for our legal system,” said Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of CAIR-SFBA. “American Muslims are among a number of communities who have already faced increased hate crimes since the election of Donald Trump. Now, in addition to a white supremacist president who has been accused of sexual misconduct by 22 women, we have a temperamental, hyper-partisan, alleged sex abuser confirmed with a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court.”

“The Supreme Court’s decisions have very real consequences for the people the court is meant to protect and serve. With clearly bigoted proposals — like the Muslim Ban and the rescission of Dreamers’ immigration benefits — being decided on by our highest court, we cannot afford to have someone as reckless and partisan as Brett Kavanaugh on the bench.”

“We are in difficult times, and it’s clear that we have serious fights ahead of us. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that the American people come together and remain ever vigilant in our collective fight for justice and equality. As always, organizations like CAIR will continue to act as pillars of strength and hold our elected officials and legal system accountable.”

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“Judge Kavanaugh’s past rulings and statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding civil rights, religious freedom and the rights of immigrants — along with his expansive views on presidential powers — would on their own be enough to disqualify him from service on the Supreme Court.”

“The Supreme Court’s decisions have very real consequences in the lives of all Americans. We are concerned that, as a new Supreme Court justice, Judge Kavanaugh will exhibit the same extreme partisanship and lack of veracity and judicial temperament that we have all witnessed in recent days. A justice on the nation’s highest court must be an impartial arbiter of the law, not a vengeful political conspiracy theorist whose truthfulness and neutrality are in doubt.”