“This nomination holds out the threat of devastating consequences for workers’ rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights,” Clinton said, after Trump officially named federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee on Monday.
“It is a blatant attempt by this administration to shift the balance of the court for decades and to reverse decades of progress,” she continued during an address at the American Federation of Teachers’ biennial conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. “You know I used to worry that they wanted to turn the clock back to the 1950s, now I worry they want to turn it back to the 1850s.”
Teacher labor unions were “not going anywhere,” she added following the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which deemed the collection of fees from public-sector union nonmembers as unconstitutional.
Clinton, whose 2016 presidential bid received an endorsement from the AFT, told the crowd of educators that she still supported a $50 billion investment package to boost public schools, poking fun at Trump for not yet passing his promised infrastructure program.
She also blasted the Trump administration for its treatment of the nation’s most vulnerable, including migrant children.
“The future of America really depends upon what we do in November,” she said. “If we take back one or both houses, which I pray we do, then we can start holding people accountable again the way they should be. The alternative is too grim to think about.”
Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are also expected to address the conference this weekend.