Retired Supreme Court Justice Says Kavanaugh's Behavior at the Senate Hearing Disqualifies Him: 'Senators Should Pay Attention to This'

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens made the comment at a small gathering in Boca Raton, FL.

John Paul Stevens, a retired United States Supreme Court justice who was appointed by former President Gerald Ford, on Thursday issued a stunning statement about Brett Kavanaugh’s temperament, telling “a small crowd in Boca Raton that Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s performance at confirmation hearings should disqualify him,” the Palm Beach Post’s Lulu Ramadan reports.

“The senators should pay attention to this,” Stevens said.

Stevens, who sat on the Court during Bush v. Gore, said the influence of partisan politics on the judicial branch “is worse” than ever, Ramadan notes.

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens is one of the longest serving Supreme Court justices, and he dissented on Bush v Gore amid the recount that propelled Bush to the presidency. He just regrettably said that partisan politics’ influence on the judicial branch “is worse” than ever. pic.twitter.com/p8WClGVDOi

— Lulu Ramadan (@luluramadan) October 4, 2018

In March, Stevens stirred up a frenzy on the right after he wrote an op-ed for the New York Times calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment in the wake of the March for Our Lives rally in Washington D.C.

The day after Stevens published his op-ed, Donald Trump tweeted, “THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED!”

“Despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY,” Trump wrote.

 

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Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.