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Protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump just announced his Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh monday night. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Democratic lawmakers, liberal groups rally against Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Democratic lawmakers and liberal groups are holding a raucous late-night rally on the steps of the Supreme Court to oppose President Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

The rally began shortly after Trump’s 9 p.m. Monday announcement and included chants of “Hell no on Kavanaugh.” The speakers say the nominee poses a threat to abortion rights and health care protections.

Several senators seen as possible White House candidates in 2020 addressed the crowd, including Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Merkley says, “This nomination tonight is all about power over the people. … I can tell you this is the most political of possible appointments. This is a nominee who wants to pave the path to tyranny.”

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