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MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt: Brett Kavanaugh Should Have Withdrawn His Nomination

MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt: Brett Kavanaugh Should Have Withdrawn His Nomination

Even after Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the newest Supreme Court justice, political pundits continue to evaluate the fall-out from a confirmation process that underscored the nation’s deep divisions.

MSNBC political analyst Steve Schmidt said Kavanaugh should have withdrawn his nomination to preserve the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court. For the duration of tenure on the nation’s high court, he warned, half of the country will view the appointment as illegitimate — eroding confidence in the institution.

“We live in a time where there’s a complete collapse of trust in public institutions in this country,” Schmidt said. “This is a lifetime appointment. The only way to demonstrate his worthiness for this is to withdraw.”

Schmidt, speaking Tuesday at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, said the confirmation process has been politicized since the 1987 battle over the nomination of Judge Robert Bork, which was opposed by

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