Democratic Party of Wisconsin
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Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Short List Includes Extreme, Ultra-Partisan Judge Diane Sykes

In 2013, Sykes wrote the opinion on the decision to ban women’s access to birth control through the Affordable Care Act.

By - May 20th, 2016 04:17 pm
Donald Trump. Image from campaign website.

Donald Trump. Image from campaign website.

MADISON – Judge Diane Sykes. Putting Judge Sykes on his list of potential Supreme Court demonstrates one again that he is too big a risk for our country.

In 2014, with just weeks before the Gubernatorial election, Sykes voted to reinstate Wisconsin’s restrictive voter ID laws with “unusual speed” and “just hours after hearing oral arguments on the subject”. The decision made by Sykes to make such drastic changes to election laws weeks before an election was considered very “unusual”. It is clear Sykes took extreme and partisan measures to make it harder to vote to ensure Republicans did better at the ballot box.

Sykes’ extreme record doesn’t end there. In 2013, Sykes wrote the opinion on the decision to ban women’s access to birth control through the Affordable Care Act, which has been described as the broadest ruling so far by a federal appeals court barring enforcement of the birth-control mandate in the new federal health care law”. Sykes showed she stands with Donald Trump and the most extreme anti-choice groups who want to limit women’s access to healthcare.

“With Trump putting people like Judge Diane Sykes on his short list for the Supreme Court, it is clear why we need a Commander in Chief who has the temperament and judgment to pick nominees who believe in equal treatment under the law,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby said on Friday. “Donald Trump is a divisive, dangerous and erratic performer who will put everything this country stands for at risk. We cannot risk a President like Donald Trump appointing Supreme Court justices like Judge Sykes who support his agenda to ban Muslims from entering the country, punish women for receiving an abortion, or deport twelve million people.”

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