To neo-Nazi-in-hiding Andrew Anglin, the elevation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is a milestone, one that he hopes will result in an end to women’s rights across the country.
by Brett Barrouquere, Southern Poverty Law CenterOctober 2018
The reaction on the far right to Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation — which was marked by allegations of sexual assault, Kavanaugh’s behavior during the hearing and his attitude toward women and drinking when he was younger — was harsh, ugly, misogynistic and antisemitic.
The confirmation, finalized Saturday in a 50-48 vote in the U.S. Senate, also tilts the U.S. Supreme Court in a more conservative direction. Kavanaugh, a onetime political operative and attorney in the George W. Bush administration, replaces retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who was often a swing vote in favor of LGBTQ rights and women’s reproductive rights.
In its banner, the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer featured a photo of bound and gagged women, including one being tossed over the shoulder of a man, with an exploding Planned Parenthood clinic in the background.
Anglin’s theatrics aside, he’s riffing on very real concerns about the future of women’s and LGBTQ rights. For some on the racist “alt-right,” Kavanaugh’s ascension is seen as part of a larger culture — and race — war in America, with the alt-right and white people on one side against minorities, women and Jewish people. And with Kavanaugh in office, the alt-right thinks it’s winning.
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