(Springfield, Mo.) Following the nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, local community leaders are drawing mixed reactions.
Supporters and opponents swiftly chimed in on the political battle ahead as President Trump seeks votes in the senate to confirm Kavanaugh.
"I have grave concerns with the highest court in our nation, the deciding factor in our land, being totally tilted to favor one side," explains Cheryl Clay, President, NAACP Springfield.
Clay who is apart of one of the nation's foremost civil rights organizations, is speaking out about trump's choice of Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"I have deep concerns when he says he is going to decipher the constitution. How the Founding Fathers meant for it to be understood. So are we undoing all the amendments that have come after that?"
The president praised Kavanaugh's impeccable credentials and proven commitment to equal justice under the law. However Clay says this prospect is unacceptable to the american people.
"Conservatives do not view minorities in this nation very favorably, they never have. I mean actions speak louder words."
Clay says the next supreme court justice will shape civil and constitutional rights that will mandate in the country for decades to come.
"Nothing this administration is doing is benefiting not only people of color, not only women, but anyone on the lower economic status in our nation."
While Republicans have a set goal of confirming Kavanaugh this fall, Clay is encouraging people to exercise their right.
"People need to realize that we have not lost all our power yet, but until we vote and exercise that power we’re giving it away, we’re giving it up. We have the final power in our hands at the ballot box."
If you are planning to vote in the Missouri Primary election this year, you have until Wednesday to register to vote.