On Monday, progressive groups quickly and vehemently denounced President Donald Trump’s nomination to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
Their responses came so fast, it seemed apparent to many that they pre-wrote their statements. NARAL Pro-Choice America, one of the nation’s foremost pro-choice organizations, tweeted that it would oppose anyone Trump nominated:
— NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia (@NARALGA) July 10, 2018
But one group’s press release made it especially apparent they would have opposed just about anyone that Trump nominated.
The Women’s March, which staged a multi-city protest after Trump’s inauguration, sent out a generic email denouncing Trump’s SCOTUS nominee.
There was just one problem. The first sentence didn’t include nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s name. Instead, the email contained generic language denouncing Trump’s pick alongside an “XX” where the group would presumably insert the name of whomever Trump nominated.
Everyone needs a copy editor, example number 4,732 pic.twitter.com/8wS3WmBi1i
— Jason Seher (@jhseher) July 10, 2018
It’s unclear how much the Women’s March tailored its statement to Kavanaugh, as the original version contained his name in a later sentence:
Women’s March does a PR blast with their shell of a SCOTUS story with no name – just an "XX" where the pick would be. Then send an UPDATE with Kav replacing the XX – no other language change.
What an unvarnished display of how the Left was going to be against any pick lock step pic.twitter.com/fxLa4sy0Mi
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 10, 2018
Earlier on Monday, the Women’s March tweeted that it didn’t have to wait to denounce Trump’s pick. “We already know it will be someone with a stated opposition to abortion and women’s rights,” the group said:
‼️Trump plans to announce his Supreme Court Justice pick tonight.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) July 9, 2018
On Twitter, the group received several responses, including mockery, for its apparent editing oversight:
The Women’s March disapproves of Brad Camomile and will fight Billy Cholera and everything XX stands for
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) July 10, 2018
The Women’s March wasn’t the only one that seemed to bypass copy editing its statement on Trump’s nominee. Democracy for America did as well:
Got my first activist email opposing Kavanaugh, from Democracy for America. Spot the find/replace problem:
SCOTUS: DFA will fight Kavanaugh, says she "represents a generational assault on justice, freedom, core democratic values"
— David French (@DavidAFrench) July 10, 2018
Somebody rushed this out! pic.twitter.com/ZRFqFi0ON0
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) July 10, 2018
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, thought by some to be Trump’s pick, was the only female on his reported shortlist.