tv Rally Against Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch CSPAN April 1, 2017 9:03pm-9:54pm EDT
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friendly arab regimes that were at least keeping the soviet union out. >> sunday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern on cue and day. today, a rally was held on the national mall in washington dc to protest the supreme court nomination of judge neil gorsuch. the event was part of a national campaign called the people's defense. senator a mazie hirono is among the speakers. senate is expected to vote by the end of next week. this rally is 50 minutes. >> please welcome the had a pro-choice america. good morning washington.
we are joined by cities all over the country today getting together to say one loud message of the object. we object to trump's agenda. people he isthe putting in place to do nothing but assert his agenda, and we certainly object to a lifetime appointment of a justice put in place by a president under investigation for collusion with russia. we object. [applause] let me tell you a story. i was sitting in the hearing a couple weeks ago when my phone started going off and it was my staff telling me that jim comey had just confirmed that president trump was currently
under investigation with russia. i could not believe in that whont that the same senate had said our president obama was not legitimate to nominate a supreme court justice was moving forward with hearings for someone who was under investigation from russia. that was the last reason we needed to object to neil gorsuch for a lifetime appointment. we know he is terrible on women's rights. we know he is terrible on workers rights. we know he is terrible on voting rights. we know he is terrible on lgbt writes. we know that what runs through every single one of his decisions is a characteristic that we cannot have.
that is a lack of compassion and ability to understand our lives and certainly a lack of ability to judge our destiny. we will not have it. we do object. here with us today, we have one of the very first courageous senators who came out to stand with the people. she is on the senate judiciary committee. neil gorsuch squirm and his seat. she put his feet to the fire and she is now saying not only will she vote against him, but she will stand with the people and filibuster his nomination. [applause] welcome the senator from the great state of hawaii. [applause] a loja everybody -- aloha
everybody. how many of you watch all four days of the gorsuch hearing? you,e to hand this to after but we referred to as the --nt and we kind of had to the event, the election. what was going to happen to our country, what happened was the very next day, he you had the march on washington and that started with a retired attorney of molly -- maui. a day, 10,000 people have said they were going to do something. activism has not stopped since. it is because of you guys that all of us who have worked with trumpcare.e stopped
was the labor secretary nominee dropped out. i have heard from more of my constituents in the time that the president has been in office than in the entire years that i have served in the house and senate. hawaii, 4000, 5000 communications on betsy devos. that is a lot. then i have this wonderful group of activists that come to my office every tuesday to make sure that i am staying the course with you guys. thank you so much. couple of weeks ago i did a video chat. meaning wealk story, don't yell at each other. we listen to each other.
it is a wonderful way that we frame when we get together and talk story about things. going forward on neil gorsuch, we said when i met with him, he said a couple of things. he told all of us that he has a heart. we were really looking for that heart in the four days of hearings. he told me that the federal courts are there to support minority rights. he of course did not respond to any of our questions that allowed us to figure out what his judicial philosophy is. the judicial philosophy were not important, we would not have these 4-5 decisions. the justices bring their entire life experience and the frame of reference based on their life experience. us what his tell judicial philosophy was and he wouldn't. he said he is going to follow
precedent. record and what i saw was a disturbing trend. you know the litany of cases -- hobby lobby -- [booing] expand of the owners over the thousands and thousands of women who worked for hobby lobby or the case where a person got electrocuted and he did not think the company should be held responsible for training this person. has auck driver who choice between freezing to death and doing something about it, he did not think the truck driver had made the right decision. worths not the man sending for all of us. i asked a lot of questions. all of us did. the democrats did.
if you are listening and watching, many of the republicans were asking him how was fishing? could you believe it? this is serious business. they will be on the supreme , makingr decades decisions that will impact all of our lives. we need someone who truly will adhere to separation of the serious questions about what he will do in roe v. wade. that was one of the president's litmus tests. he is of the federalist society and the heritage foundation. there are people who say you cannot support this guy who is pushing forward as this very nice person with a heart which you couldn't really find. who would we support? garland, and also somebody who is not the person
from the heritage foundation list. someone who will represent all of us. i want to thank all of you for your activism. it makes a difference what you are doing. the kind of engagement makes a huge difference to us. when the folks come to visit my weice every tuesday and when hear from thousands of you across the country, it keeps me going. i thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything that you do. [applause] let me just leave you with one more thought. as we care about lgbtq writes, as we care about voting rights, of the right of women to choose, a lot of these cases come from the states. we have to pay attention to who gets elected to the state legislatures. we have to pay attention to who becomes our governor. all of these cases emanate from the states.
i know you're going to be out there across the country making sure that you are electing the right kind of people to the state legislatures and the governor's office. i think sometimes, we don't pay enough attention to that. it is a beautiful day and you all are beautiful people. thank you so much. [applause] >> please welcome to the stage people of the american way. >> how are we doing this morning? , ready to fire gorsuch. for a campaign manager
people for the american way. i am happy to be here today on behalf of more than one million members across the country who are proud to be part of a broad coalition of progressive allies pushing back against the extreme and dangerous agenda of donald trump. in particular, to oppose the nomination of judge neil gorsuch to the supreme court. today to share a personal story about an experience that nearly brought my life to an early end. 2011, while traveling to work in asheville, north carolina, i found myself caught in a house fire. as the building quickly went up in flames and smoke, i realized
that my only chance of escape and survival was to climb up onto the roof and jump from the third floor. i fractured my spine in four places, broke every rib on the left side of my body. punctured my left lung, collapsed my right lung, shattered my left shoulder, and suffered several other serious injuries. for twoaid in a ditch hours, completely paralyzed from the neck down, but really conscious, waiting for the firefighters to find me. fortunately, i did make a full recovery and in some ways i perhaps them stronger now then maybe i ever was before. were it not for the affordable care act, i would not have had health insurance.
i would have been on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses at the tender age of 23 years old. at the time, i was working for a startup nonprofit that was able to pay me a small salary, but unable to provide health insurance. under 26, i was able to be covered on my parents plan. [applause] today, thankfully, i am debt-free and pain-free. now, fortunately, last week the republicans failed in their attempt to repeal the affordable care act. at least for now. the fact that summit of our elected leaders are comfortable with millions of people living drastically diminished lives in debt or losing their lives
because of the lack of affordable and accessible health care in this country is really outrageous and truly a travesty. justicea supreme court who will stand with the people, not special interests. [applause] justicea supreme court who is not beholden to special interests, and will do the right thing. when difficult cases come before hand for mr her. when we need a supreme court justice that will look out for those that are most vulnerable among us. 23-year-olds who almost died because of extreme events. gorsuch is not that
justice. the senate should reject his confirmation. to let ourl of us democratic senators know that we want them to hold the line on the filibuster next week like our lives depend on it. know when thatr might prove to be true. thank you. [applause] >> please welcome the muslim community activist. [applause] >> good morning. it is so great to stand here with all of you in opposition to neil gorsuch is nomination to the spring court.
we have to use every legal tool at our disposal to oppose this illegitimate administration of donald trump. we did it when they tried to pass trumpcare, we did it when they tried for the muslim band. now we will do it for the supreme court nominee. let me just quickly talk about the muslim band -- ban. when he signed the order, there were muslims across the country who were afraid. did nott like they belong here, they were not wanted in this country. they are afraid still today. contributed to this country as doctors and police officers and fire fighters, entrepreneurs who have created jobs, people born and raised here who are u.s. citizens felt unwanted. my own family members called me asking me if they could travel outside the country.
if i leave and go to mexico or europe for a vacation, are they going to let me back in? that is not the america that i was raised in. those are not our values. the reason i bring that up is because the judiciary is so important to our balance of power. all of the people in my community, the muslim american community who are afraid, when we saw the decision to halt the muslim ban, it showed not only our country but the world that our system works. right now, the judiciary is the one branch of government that has our back. that is standing up for the rights and calling out these policies for what they are as racist as hatemongering and see month phobic -- as xena phobic.
xenophobic. then he went back and try to make it pretty. we saw from hawaii the muslim ban was shot down again. it is not just about the muslim who this is about a nominee has allied himself with donald trump, who stands with trump and has shown he is not willing to separate politics from his work. we have such issues where his administration is trying to strip millions of people from their health care coverage and trying to break apart families with immigration policies. they are going out against working-class people and making promises about jobs that they know they don't have the ability to bring back. great importance time in our history. thank you all for being here. let's work together to stop this nomination. [applause]
please welcome megan faulkner from every voice. >> good morning d.c. thank you everyone for coming this morning. >> i am megan faulkner. we fight for democracy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy. --ave one question for you do we need more money in our elections? no. i didn't think so. neil gorsuch does not agree with us. he has sided with the wealthy and powerful. he things corporations are people and he would go farther than citizens united and end all contribution limits in our elections. [booing] every single thing we care about, gorsuch will get the
wealthy and powerful even more power. .razy he will make it harder for our voices to matter in our elections and he will make it easier for billionaires to spend millions more to influence our election. this is a direct affront to our american values. this means dirty energy companies can buy the policies they want to pollute our hair and endanger our climate. it means wall street can send millions to go back to the reckless policies that crashed this economy. if he is confirmed to the supreme court, he will side from corporations and billionaires, not us. is that what we want? >> no. that is why we cannot let him get a seat on the supreme court.
we deserve a democracy that works for every single one of us, not just the wealthy and powerful. the pressure up. this week is the week. call your senators. have your friend and family call their senators. we can't lead -- leave any stone unturned. if we work together we can stop the corporate takeover of the supreme court and our democracy. thank you. [applause] please welcome -- [applause] good morning. how are you doing? it is an absolute honor to be with you today. am undocumented, unafraid and
here to stay. election and the days after the election have been difficult. who remembers where they were when they announced the results? moment, i was in a room full of undocumented women that were ready to figure out how do we win immigration reform in a hillary clinton administration. in a moment of deep pain, we had to bring those women together and say this was going to be a much different moment then we thought. around and said what they are feeling in the moment. some said they were scared. from florida, she has
been part of the united way dream, the largest youth in network in the country. pray for him.t to i want to pray for donald trump. i want to pray that god gives him wisdom. , i know that her prayers have been answered, but not that one specifically. gorsuch,hat this guy racistart of the administration that this man donald trump wants to take us into. make no mistake, undocumented people across the country will suffer if this man is in the supreme court. 11 million people right now are facing the most horrible attacks. i was just thinking about washington state, a daca recipient who has been detained because ice has decided they
want to take over and eject him from this country. people like gorsuch think that maybe one day they will have to make a decision if people like me have a right to come out and speak and say i am undocumented and unafraid. if it is up to him, i don't think i would be able to do it. moment of uncertainty, i know that people like you, people of conscience are going to stand with me and the 11 million people that we are going to help answer the prayers when she says i want to feel safe. this moment, we have to both ground ourselves in what we want, what we are opposing, which is judge gorsuch, the racist work of donald trump. we loudly and clearly object. we are looking forward to the
future we will create together. a future where i will be able to stand here without fear, continuing to declare i am undocumented. a fear where they don't have to pray for the safety of their kids. a future where women will be able to choose what ever they want to do with their bodies. people will be able to defend and marry whoever they want to marry. i believe in that future. united way future believes in that future. ,e are going forward together not one step back. [applause] forward together. not one step back. forward together. not one step back. thank you. [applause]
>> let's hear it for ed. >> [applause] hey, everybody, thank you so much for being here. thank you to our friends standing behind us. >> [applause] >> showing everyone at home how awesome the energy is today. we are taking action with brothers and sisters across the country in dozens of other cities that are standing up to oppose neil gorsuch for a lifetime appointment to the supreme court. to ask everyone to take out your phones, pull up your social media platform of choice. [laughter] facebook, twitter, instagram, and tell your friends and family why you are here today. please use #weobject.
we are hearing from a lot of amazing activists about all the reasons neil gorsuch would be a disaster for a lifetime appointment to the supreme court. please take this moment, send a tweet, tweet at donald trump. let him know that we will not back down without a fistfight. thank you all. >> [applause] please welcome from byp 100. >> [applause] >> i am so glad to be here representing byp 100, a national organization here in washington dc. we advocate for racial justice through a black, queer feminist lens and strongly stand with #we
object. after weaseling his way into office, 45 has nominated nobody but misogynist and ill-prepared people, one after another. -- he closed the civil rights division of the department of justice. some, more concerned about grizzly bears than actually protecting our children, especially our black children. she recently said she wants schools to be selective like ube rs and lyfts. they are not selected, we are with a surpluser charge. that will not work for our education system. >> [applause] >> and now judge gorsuch, another conservative. he is not legally allowed to tell us how
he feels about things, but we can tell through his actions on the circuit court of appeals. we can tell how he feels about our nation's most marginalized communities, especially black people and police brutality. said, ienter of hawaii want to tell a little story -- it is time for story time. i will give you two stories that show you how exactly he feels about black people and how police should be interacting with our community. the first story takes place in colorado. a 22-year-old man has marijuana. a police officer confronted him. the young men ran. him,police officer chased grabbed him, and tased him in the head, killing him on spot. gorsuch decided to protect the police officer, winning the
officer did not know it was unconstitutional to kill someone asing him ina by t the head. my next story takes place in utah with a nine-year-old. i am twice that child's size. this child was 67 pounds, and he took another child's ipad. a police resource officer grabbed that child and put him in an arm lock as he handcuffed him in school. gorsuch decided to protect that police officer instead of the child, saying it was the child's fault that the police officer used excessive force. this is how gorsuch feels police should be interacting with our community. this is how he feels we should be teaching our children right from wrong. it is no coincidence that in less than 100 days, there have been attacks on the department
of justice, an attack on our education system, an attempted attack on our health care system, and now an attack on our last round of defense to uphold these are human rights. trump is building a good squad. gorsuch is part of that. -- building a goon squad. trump has to be stopped. gorsuch has to be blocked. >> [applause] >> please welcome our candidate from interior from the national lgbtq task force. >> [applause] >> good morning, beautiful people. thank you so much for coming out here and telling everyone, including those senators behind here that we object. >> [applause] >> i am the reproductive health rights and policy council for the national lgbtq task force.
and as an organization, we object. we understand how important a lifetime position is to the supreme court. 40 year plus turn that judge gorsuch could have on the supreme court. and that is detrimental to all of us, all of us who really believe in justice, in the rights of workers over corporations. and we are here to show that we object and we resist. >> [applause] candace: we know that judge gorsuch has ruled terribly for women's reproductive rights, and the rights of all people who can become pregnant, including trans folks and gender nonconforming folks who can also become pregnant. we know that neil gorsuch is not going to protect transgender rights. and we know that the supreme court is going to hear a
transgender rights case the reason. we cannot have someone on the court that is going to not allow someone going to the restroom associated with the way that they express themselves. this is not his choice. this is a personal choice. and we know that, and we have to show our senators that we know that, and we are watching them. , andd this with trumpcare we have to do it again. we have to call every single day, every hour, tell your friends, tell your grandmother they need to call every single day. even if your senator says they are going to object, we need to make sure they will still object. we need to make sure they will hold the line and filibuster this appointment. it is too important. on of our rights depend
it. we are what democracy looks like. >> [applause] candace: what is happening in the supreme court is not democracy. this is not want democracy looks like. us standing out here right now, this is resistance. this is democracy. please remember that our assistant -- our existence alone is resistance. we need to continue to fight together. thank you very much. >> [applause] >> [applause] thank you brothers and sisters for standing up for working men and women across the states. senatethe united states to oppose the lifetime appointment to the united states
supreme court of neil gorsuch. >> [applause] >> he has consistently proven that he only favors the privileged and powerful at the expense of all of us. judge gorsuch truly believes that corporations are people. hours --t come before that their rights come before hours. we need a judgment will protect everyone, not just the powerful and the privileged. based on his record, it is clear that neil gorsuch is not the person, not the person that time and time again has cited with the powerful and privileged, that will work against working men and women. we can't afford someone like him in the supreme court. a trucking case, he ruled against the truck driver whose life was in danger when he was
stuck in subzero temperatures. by siding with the company that fired him for leaving his truck so that he could save his own life. he sided with the company. in the compass environmental place involving a workplace death, gorsuch even argued that a company should not be responsible for the electrocution of one of their own employees. one of their employees that they did not even trying. name -- that worker's name was chris carter, and the company was only find $5,500 for his death. gorsuchrsuch fault -- thought that was an overreach, that the $5,500 fine for that man's death was an overreach, and sided with the company. he ruled against a assistant professor at kansas state
university that was fired after 15 years on the job because she needed more time to recover from breast cancer. to her,oo accommodating it was asking too much of the university to give her some more time to recover. in cases involving employee compensation, he has ruled over 90% of the time for the employers. d1 out of 23 cases he has side with the employers. we cannot afford a supreme court that will tip the scales of justice even further in favor of the wealthy and powerful. of ouray i see members union and dedicated service employees serve their communities. people like mental health workers, teachers, social workers, bridge inspectors, public safety officers -- i see their work, and it means a lot to them and their communities,
such as you. if you put in an honest days work, serve your community, and really listened to the concerns and struggles of hard-working americans, then you would know corporations are not people. >> [applause] patrick: we don't need another corporate flunky on the supreme court. >> [applause] heard a lot ine this life's -- in this last election about the forgotten men. gorsuch hasjudge forgotten the working women and working men of this country time and time again. we need a supreme court that respects the 99%. not a judge that signs with the
1% 99% of the time. america needs justice, and there will be no justice, there will be no peace neil gorsuch on the supreme court. thank you. >> [applause] please welcome emily for the center of american progress. >> [applause] emily: hey everybody. i am with the center for american progress, and this is dean. this is his first rally. >> [applause] emily: i don't want you to think he has been slacking in his 7.5 months of life. he gets to work. yes. i don't know what the future is going to hold. i don't know what kind of
protection he is going to need. this court with gorsuch on it will not protect him. i don't know if he will need access to bathrooms. this court will not protect him. i don't know if he is going to need idea productions in education. protections in education. i don't think he will be able to marry who he loves. this court with gorsuch will not protect him. we can stop it. and we can. we know every issue with gorsuch is wrong. why are we here in the first place? why are we letting a president who won't even tell us what his ties are to russia, and to how much they interfere with the election -- why is the senate pushing through this confirmation? this makes no sense. the senate, time and time again
has said, look, we don't need a full investigation into russia. but you know what we can do? we can push through this nomination. that makes no sense. we want to try something here. we want the senate to hear it. i feel good about this grant. probe,e is no russia there is no scotus robe. probe!ia >> no scotus robe! >> no russia probe! >> no scotus robe! emily: i know the senate is going to hear you. >> [applause] please look in the senator for committee change with the immigration campaign.
>> [applause] >> how is everybody doing? are we feeling the power this morning? are we feeling the people's power? when i say people, you say power. people -- >> power! >> that is right, that is why we are here today. this is only the beginning of democracy uplifting, showing the real side of justice. tiedemann organizer with the fairy revision reform movement with the center for community change. we are an organization of 44 positions across the u.s. fighting for immigrant rights. i came from colombia 16 years ago to live in indiana, the hoosier state. hospitality is what it is known for. i experienced it up until my dad was arrested and almost deported
because of things he could not carry becoming an immigrant parent. he had worked 12 hour days, assembling radios. he was very stressed, did not know the language. the stress took him to take decisions that got him in jail. that was the moment i had to decide whether i was going to be ok with him being deported or not. i made the decision that no matter what happens, no one should be deported. we are suffering so much by being jailed and loss throughout immigrants all across the u.s. as i saw the pain in my father's eyes as he was being put in the police car, i was reminded when i went to work with the alabama coalition for immigrant justice
to stand with 40 families who suffered from a raid in northern alabama. i was sitting in a living room, hearing a mother's story about how immigration came. they almost wrote down the door, and they took her loved one away. she was talking with her son, reminding him to continue singing this song even if he wasn't able to sing it with him. because one day he was going to return home. i could not tell this little one his dadsure him that was going to come home. no 11-year-old should have to go through this, where he is wondering when his dad is going to come back so he can continue living a life in this country.
these executive orders on andrcement are unjust, instead of 34,000 people being jailed every day, we will see 70,000 immigrants being jailed every day. is that right? >> no! isaias: it is not right. that is why we are here today. we are here to tell this administration that we are not going to stand still. not the mental -- that the mantle of justice, we will wrap ourselves around it and get as many people under it so that we uphold the laws and constitution. immigration and enforcement conduct these raids across the country. it is not right. is that the america that we love? >> no! isaias: this was the beginning
of a movement. a moment when we are going into our communities and advise the brothers and sisters that are lgbt, muslim, african-american, and those that suffer from these unjust policies. we will organize. we will make sure that our neighbors will vote in this election. we will make sure that we tell people in the state judiciary and the senate to not let gorsuch continue this anti-democratic agenda. si or no? puedes! last one, i am going to say, undocumented, unafraid. undocumented -- >> unafraid! isaias: undocumented -- >> unafraid! isaias: thank you so much >> [applause]
>> so you have heard the personal stories. you have heard the issues that we know a gorsuch court will rule on. by the time that gorsuch would be retiring from the court, this little girl is likely to be 35 to 40 years old. he will shape her life. he will shape the life of undocumented children in this country, of black children in this country, of latino children in this country. the stakes are too high. we were told when we started this campaign and that it was unwinnable. we were told he is a nice guy. he is credentialed. credentialed just means he is a
white guy in a suit with an ivy league education, so nobody should look at his record. we look at his record. we object to his record. >> [applause] ilyse: and we now have 35 senators objecting with us. we need six more in the next five days. we are going to do it. >> [applause] ilyse: i hope everyone leaves here fired up. know that there are crowds gathering as we speak in las vegas, in denver, and tell all of your friends to call all of their senators and say, we object to gorsuch. 60, youan't get to can't change the rules, you