In today’s contentious political climate, it’s shocking to hear someone from one side of the aisle applaud an individual on the opposite side of the fence.
But, this is precisely what happened last week when liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg praised fellow Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a Trump nominee, who made SCOTUS history by making good on a promise.
According to TheBlaze, Ginsburg, while speaking at a judges’ conference in New York on June 7, 2019, commended Kavanaugh for choosing only women for his team of law clerks.
Due to Kavanaugh’s actions, for the first time in SCOTUS history, more female clerks than male clerks will be serving the court.
During her speech, Ginsburg stated, “Justice Kavanaugh made history by bringing on board an all-female law clerk crew. Thanks to his selections, the Court has this Term, for the first time ever, more women than men serving as law clerks.”
While the 86-year-old Justice praised Kavanaugh, she maintained that more progress is needed to bring about equal gender representation at the highest court in the land.
She remarked, “Women did not fare nearly as well as advocates. Only about 21 percent of the attorneys presenting oral argument this term were female; of the 34 attorneys who appeared more than once, only six were women.”
According to TheBlaze, “After his controversial confirmation battle, one of the most intense in American history, Kavanaugh followed through on his promise to hire only female clerks.”
While Kavanaugh is being praised by Ginsburg now, even his presence on the SCOTUS was in peril just mere months ago.
Fox News reported, “Ginsburg’s’ remarks come months after Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation hearings, which were notable for allegations of sexual misconduct and bickering between Democrats and Republicans.”
During Kavanaugh’s fiery confirmation battle, multiple women, including Christine Blasey Ford, accused him of sexual misconduct.
While testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford alleged Kavanaugh “pinned her to a bed during a house party in Maryland in the 1980s.”
Kavanaugh vehemently denied the charges being leveled against him. During the contested hearings, the Justice contended that he possessed a record of treating women with respect.
At this time, he also promised to hire an all-female law clerk team. He informed the Senate Judiciary Committee, “In my time on the bench, no federal judge — not a single one in the country — has sent more women law clerks to clerk on the Supreme Court than I have.”
Kavanaugh’s hiring of an all-female law clerk team certainly doesn’t seem like the type of action a man who disrespects women would do.
Likewise, some of his actions on the bench so far don’t coincide with the ultra-conservative label liberals tried to pin on him during his confirmation hearings.
In fact, just last month, Kavanaugh sided with the leftist wing of the Supreme Court when he ruled that Apple can be sued over exorbitant prices in their App Store.
Penning the opinion, Kavanaugh wrote, “It is undisputed that the iPhone owners bought the apps directly from Apple” according to Fox News.
The Trump nominee also addressed Apple’s assertion that the tech giant doesn’t set app prices. Kavanaugh mentioned how Apple’s policy of charging app developers $99 annually in addition to 30 percent of sales does indeed sway pricing.
He remarked, “In the retail context, the price charged by a retailer to a consumer is often a result (at least in part) of the price charged by the manufacturer or supplier to the retailer, or of negotiations between the manufacturer or supplier and the retailer.”
According to Fox News, “Kavanaugh’s stance with the liberal wing of the court was striking.”
While Kavanaugh sided with the liberal Justices on the Apple case, Trump’s other Supreme Court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, wrote the dissenting opinion for the four conservative Justices in the case.
Fox News reported that Gorsuch wrote, “The consumers’ complaint against Apple is the kind of case earlier high court rulings said was not allowed under federal laws that prohibit unfair control of a market.”
The conservative media outlet also noted, “The court’s decision did not make any ruling on the merits of the case. It simply allowed for the lawsuit to go forward before a lower court.”
Obviously, no one can be certain how Kavanaugh will lean on the myriad of cases that will likely come his way over the next several years.
However, it appears, at least for now, that Democrats may have overestimated his ability to create chaos for them.
With his opinion on the Apple case and decision to hire an all-female law clerk team, Kavanaugh should be making liberals extremely happy.