About 20 people representing far-left activist groups assembled in Nashville Tuesday to spout off clichéd talking points about the horrors U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh might supposedly inflict upon America.
They assembled on the front steps of the district offices of Tennessee’s two U.S. Republican senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, in Nashville’s West End.
Someone from Indivisible Tennessee spoke.
Someone from the American Muslim Advisory Council had something to say, as did someone from the Tennessee Activist Coalition.
Some speakers also represented the Vanderbilt Divinity School Racial Justice Collaborative.
The motley crew of Trump-detesting rabble-rousers said they would backdrop themselves with “a mountain of paper reams representing the 100,000 documents still unavailable to the public” about Kavanaugh.
But in person all they had were empty cardboard boxes.
Of all the speakers, Justin Jones, a Vanderbilt student, was perhaps the most dramatic when speaking of the Kavanaugh nomination and what he said were the ultimate insidious goals of Washington, D.C. Republicans.
“In 10 years America will look different,” Jones said.
“That’s why they’re trying to put as many conservative white men on the court as they can.”
Other people spoke, among them Tennessee State Rep. Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville), now the Democrat nominee for the 19th State Senate District in November’s general election.
“These are scary times, and our civil rights are at stake,” Gilmore said.
Brett Kavanaugh has no place on the Supreme Court. No place. No place. No place.”
He’s anti-health care.
“We need a fair voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, not a partisan Trump idol,” Gilmore said.
The other speakers stuck to the predictable script and repeated the same talking points over and over.
Activists lowered some of their protest signs to the ground and perched them against the empty cardboard boxes.
Tuesday’s light breeze knocked some of those signs down.
That was perhaps the only part of Tuesday’s protest that didn’t follow the usual left-of-center protest formula.
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