Yale prof calls for 'civil disobedience' to stop Amy Coney Barrett confirmation

  • In response to the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the president's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, several professors at leading universities are comparing the Republican Party to Nazis and Confederates.
  • Others expressed a willingness to do “whatever it takes” to make sure that the Republicans are not successful.

Several professors at leading American universities took to social media after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, comparing Republicans to the Confederacy and the Nazis.

Yale University history professor David Blight called for civil disobedience in order to fight President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court appointment: “To fight Republicans on Trump's court appointment, which can come any day now, it will take more than ‘procedural’ measures," he said. “We have to fight by other means, including civil disobedience. Not enough to merely charge ‘hypocrisy.’ RBG deserves no less.”

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“To fight Republicans on Trump's court appointment, which can come any day now, it will take more than ‘procedural’ measures."   


He also said that the Republicans “have become the new Confederacy” in the current political system.


In response to Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s announcement that he would be open to voting for Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Penn State University atmospheric science professor Michael Mann said that Republican politicians are a "threat to American democracy and must be voted out.”


Days earlier, Mann alleged that Trump employed “Nazi eugenicist rhetoric” at a rally in Minnesota.


Later, he noted that “The Republican Party is the evil ring of power" with Trump representing Sauron — the fictional archvillain from the Lord of the Rings franchise.


Davidson College public policy professor Isaac Bailey wrote an opinion piece for CNN, detailing the “minority rule” represented by the Republican Party.

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is about to turn me into a socialist or whatever is necessary to save this nation's fast-fading democracy,” wrote Bailey. “In a healthy democracy, Republican senators would vow not to move forward with a vote on Ginsburg's replacement until early next year or only accept a consensus pick who can garner bipartisan support.”

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In response to “GOP extremism,” Bailey is “willing to sign up for whatever political extreme necessary to undo their damage.” He is “willing to do whatever it takes to make sure it doesn't.”

Campus Reform contacted Blight, Mann, and Bailey for comment and will update this article accordingly.

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Benjamin Zeisloft is a Pennsylvania Senior Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias and abuse for Campus Reform. He is studying Finance and Marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Benjamin also writes for The UPenn Statesman and the Wharton International Business Review.

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