Activists protest Trump's Supreme Court announcement

President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, for the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation’s highest court ever further to the right.

A favorite of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, Kavanaugh, 53, is a former law clerk for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Like Trump’s first nominee last year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare. (AP)

Here’s a look at reactions leading up to and in response to the announcement.

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<p>A demonstrator protests in front of the Supreme Court as President Donald Trump announces Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

A demonstrator protests in front of the Supreme Court as President Donald Trump announces Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP)

<p>Local politicians, activists and others participate in a protest in Union Square to support a woman’s right to choose and to denounce President Donald Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination to the Supreme Court on July 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Local politicians, activists and others participate in a protest in Union Square to support a woman’s right to choose and to denounce President Donald Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination to the Supreme Court on July 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

<p>Protesters representing various abortion rights groups gather across the street from the state Capitol, during a rally opposing the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Jackson, Miss. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Protesters representing various abortion rights groups gather across the street from the state Capitol, during a rally opposing the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Jackson, Miss. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

<p>Local politicians, activists and others participate in a protest in Union Square to denounce President Donald Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination to the Supreme Court on July 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Local politicians, activists and others participate in a protest in Union Square to denounce President Donald Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination to the Supreme Court on July 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Two protesters confer during a rally opposing the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Jackson, Miss. Planned Parenthood organizations rallied nationwide to protest the nomination of Kavanaugh. Abortion rights advocates fear the shutting down of the state’s only abortion clinic should Kavanaugh get seated on the bench. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Two protesters confer during a rally opposing the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Jackson, Miss. Planned Parenthood organizations rallied nationwide to protest the nomination of Kavanaugh. Abortion rights advocates fear the shutting down of the state’s only abortion clinic should Kavanaugh get seated on the bench. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

<p>NELocal politicians, activists and others participate in a protest to denounce President Donald Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination to the Supreme Court on July 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

NELocal politicians, activists and others participate in a protest to denounce President Donald Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination to the Supreme Court on July 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

<p>Local politicians, activists and others participate in a protest to denounce President Donald Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination to the Supreme Court on July 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Local politicians, activists and others participate in a protest to denounce President Donald Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination to the Supreme Court on July 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

<p>A protester holds up a sign during a rally opposing the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Jackson, Miss. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

A protester holds up a sign during a rally opposing the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Jackson, Miss. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

<p>Hillary Namba, left, of Seattle, holds a wire coat hanger and a sign that reads “We Won’t Go Back,” Tuesday, July 10, 2018, as she takes part in a protest in Seattle against President Donald Trump and his choice of federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second nominee to the Supreme Court. (Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Hillary Namba, left, of Seattle, holds a wire coat hanger and a sign that reads “We Won’t Go Back,” Tuesday, July 10, 2018, as she takes part in a protest in Seattle against President Donald Trump and his choice of federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second nominee to the Supreme Court. (Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP)

<p>”Grab them by the midterms” reads the sign. Hundreds assembled in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C., to protest Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, on Monday night, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Jeff Malet/Newscom via ZUMA Press) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

”Grab them by the midterms” reads the sign. Hundreds assembled in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C., to protest Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, on Monday night, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Jeff Malet/Newscom via ZUMA Press)

<p>Asuka Jaxx holds a photo of President Donald Trump during a protest, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Seattle, by the group Refuse Fascism, against Trump and his choice of federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the president’s second nominee to the Supreme Court. (Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Asuka Jaxx holds a photo of President Donald Trump during a protest, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Seattle, by the group Refuse Fascism, against Trump and his choice of federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the president’s second nominee to the Supreme Court. (Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP)

<p>Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

<p>Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks with protesters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2018, after President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks with protesters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2018, after President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP)

<p>A demonstrator sign as protesters gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2018, after President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

A demonstrator sign as protesters gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2018, after President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP)

<p>Protesters hold photos of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence during a protest, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Seattle, by the group Refuse Fascism, who were demonstrating against Trump and his choice of federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Trump’s second nominee to the Supreme Court. (Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Protesters hold photos of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence during a protest, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Seattle, by the group Refuse Fascism, who were demonstrating against Trump and his choice of federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Trump’s second nominee to the Supreme Court. (Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP)

<p>Protestors for Roe v Wade and other civil liberties demonstrate as they wait to see who President Trump selects for his Supreme Court Justice at the U.S. Supreme Court July 9, 2018. (Photo: Patsy Lynch/MediaPunch/IPX/AP) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Protestors for Roe v Wade and other civil liberties demonstrate as they wait to see who President Trump selects for his Supreme Court Justice at the U.S. Supreme Court July 9, 2018. (Photo: Patsy Lynch/MediaPunch/IPX/AP)

<p>Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks to protesters in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks to protesters in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

<p>Hundreds assembled in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C., to protest Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, on Monday night, July 9, 2018. ”What’s at stake? LGBTQ Rights, Roe V. Wade, Health Care” reads the sign. (Photo: Jeff Malet/Newscom via ZUMA Press) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Hundreds assembled in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C., to protest Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, on Monday night, July 9, 2018. ”What’s at stake? LGBTQ Rights, Roe V. Wade, Health Care” reads the sign. (Photo: Jeff Malet/Newscom via ZUMA Press)

<p>Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry protests in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP) </p>
Activists protest over Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry protests in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP)

<p>A demonstrator holds a sign as protesters gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2018, after President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

A demonstrator holds a sign as protesters gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2018, after President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP)

<p>Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

<p>Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court prior to President Trump nominating federal judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Ken Cedeno via ZUMA Wire) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court prior to President Trump nominating federal judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Ken Cedeno via ZUMA Wire)

<p>Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., speaks in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2018, after President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., speaks in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2018, after President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP)

<p>National Action Network (NAN) leadership and leading activists commited an act non violent civil disobedience outside Trump Tower in New York on July 9, 2018, resisting Trump SCOTUS nominee from day one and call on Senator Chuck Schumer and the Democrats to hold the Line at all costs. (Photo: Erik Mcgregor/Pacific Press via ZUMA Wire) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

National Action Network (NAN) leadership and leading activists commited an act non violent civil disobedience outside Trump Tower in New York on July 9, 2018, resisting Trump SCOTUS nominee from day one and call on Senator Chuck Schumer and the Democrats to hold the Line at all costs. (Photo: Erik Mcgregor/Pacific Press via ZUMA Wire)

<p>Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

<p>Anthoney Novotny, from Havertown, marches with a group called Refuse Fascism, as they protest President Donald Trump’s nomination for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in front of the Philadelphia Federal Courthouse, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Steven M. Falk/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Anthoney Novotny, from Havertown, marches with a group called Refuse Fascism, as they protest President Donald Trump’s nomination for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in front of the Philadelphia Federal Courthouse, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Steven M. Falk/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

<p>Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court pick Monday night. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court pick Monday night. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

<p>Demonstrators hold a rally downtown as concerns mount that President Donald Trump’s choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court may shift the court too far to the right and threaten, among other issues, women’s legal right to an abortion on July 9, 2018 in Chicago, Ill. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Demonstrators hold a rally downtown as concerns mount that President Donald Trump’s choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court may shift the court too far to the right and threaten, among other issues, women’s legal right to an abortion on July 9, 2018 in Chicago, Ill. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

<p>Protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court prior to President Trump nominating federal judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Ken Cedeno via ZUMA Wire) </p>
Activists protest Trump’s Supreme Court announcement

Protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court prior to President Trump nominating federal judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Ken Cedeno via ZUMA Wire)

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