President Trump Takes “Pro-Life” Democrat Bob Casey to Task for Not Supporting Brett Kavanaugh

State   |   Maria Gallagher   |   Aug 7, 2018   |   3:48PM   |   Washington, DC

Pro-life President Donald Trump took Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey to task for failing to support Supreme Court nominees.

At a packed rally in Wilkes-Barre last Thursday, the President noted that Casey vowed to oppose his Supreme Court pick–even before the name of the nominee had been released.

Since his initial Senate bid, Casey has championed his moderate platform and image, and his base of blue collar supporters. But for ideologically moderate, blue-collar Democrats who voted for President Trump and have historically supported Casey, supporting the sitting Senator in the contentious election year may not be a given; Casey has been at the forefront of the obstruction of every single item on President Trump’s agenda. The Senator even went as far as to publicly reject the President’s Supreme Court nominee, before Judge Kavanaugh’s name was even released.

Although Casey has historically enjoyed the name recognition of the popular, pro-life legacy of his father, accountability will be present in the voting booth in November. The Senator is directly contradicting the platform that put him in office and that voters associate with the Casey name. Radical left-wing policies do not resonate with the average Pennsylvania voter, and Casey’s warm embrace of the Democrats’ liberal agenda will not do him any favors in the ballot box in November.

In true Trump fashion, the President gave Senator Casey a unique nickname: “Sleepin’ Bob:”

“Don’t fall asleep as we talk about Sleeping Bob,” The President said.

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Previously, Casey–who has an 80% pro-abortion voting record in the 115th Congress–opposed Judge Neil Gorsuch for the High Court. This, despite Gorsuch’s stellar record and qualifications.

Now, Casey is standing squarely against eminently qualified Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. In sharp contrast, Pennsylvania’s other U.S. Senator, Republican Pat Toomey, supported both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh is a strict constructionist who has vowed to refrain from making laws from the bench. He is dedicated to the principle of preserving the Constitution, and not reading into it “rights” which do not appear there. Note: Maria Gallagher is the Legislative Director and Political Action Committee Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and she has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio. Additional reporting added.