Supreme Court Nominee

 
 
President Donald Trump picked Judge Neil Gorsuch to be his Supreme Court nominee after a long selection process which initially started with 21 candidates. The robe ceremony was aired on primetime television with a ‘The Apprentice’ feel to it.

Trump who is fond of theatrics exclaimed to Gorsuch and his wife, “Was it a surprise, was it?” during the ceremony as he was inviting them to the East Room of the White House.

Judge Neil Gorsuch was one of the four candidates that were personally interviewed by the President. Trump called Gorsuch on Monday to tell him that he was nominated.

Gorsuch in his speech said:

The towering judges that have served in this particular seat of the Supreme Court, including Antonin Scalia and Robert Jackson, are much in my mind at this moment, Justice Scalia was a lion of the law. Agree or disagree with him, all of his colleagues on the bench share his wisdom and his humor, and like them, I miss him.

The President later Tweeted:

A Deliberate Move,

Gorsuch complies with his predecessor’s view that judges should base rulings on these words of the Constitution at the time they written also called originalism. He also agreed with Scalia on the concept of textualism which is the belief that judges should evaluate laws on the plain texts of the statutes, and not impose outside factors.

Roger Stone, an adviser for Trump said:

If Trump is going to be a transformational president, not a transitional president, he needs a supportive court. Not a conservative court, not a right-wing court — a Trump court. A court that is populist right. Because the court is going to challenge Trump in a dozen areas.

Trump praised Gorsuch as among the finest jurists in the country and a worthy successor to the conservative as he said:

Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline, and has earned bipartisan support,

About Neil Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch a 49-year-old federal appellate judge based in Colorado who graduated from IVY League School in 1988 with a degree in Political Science. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991 and clerked for Judge David Sentelle, a longtime member of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ conservative wing.

He also spent 10 years in private practice at a Washington law firm, and spent a year serving as a principal assistant to the deputy attorney general in the Department of Justice. President George W. Bush appointed Gorsuch to the Tenth Circuit in 2006.

At the age of 49, he’s the youngest nominee since Thomas, who was just 43 when he joined the court more than two and a half decades ago.

Reaction to the Nomination

The reactions to the nomination have been sharp, with Democrats opposing the nomination as the Republicans rejoice.

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver pointed out the concerns of women as she said:,/h2>

President Trump has repeatedly promised that his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court would be someone who supports overturning Roe v. Wade. We have no reason to believe he has changed his mind. That’s what makes this nomination especially troubling for women all across the country. Judge Gorsuch needs to clarify his position on women’s right to access and determine their own reproductive health care at a time when seven in 10 Americans support a woman’s constitutionally-protected right to choose.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado stated:

As a fellow Coloradan, Michael congratulates Judge Gorsuch and his family. He takes seriously the Senate’s responsibility to advise and consent on Supreme Court nominations. He intends to review Judge Gorsuch’s record carefully in the coming weeks.

Freedom for All Americans Executive Director Matt McTighe Highlighted the Religion and LGBTQ standpint as he said:

Religious freedom is a value that all Americans respect and which has been enshrined for centuries in our Constitution. Unfortunately, Judge Gorsuch has exhibited a dangerous history of prioritizing religious beliefs over equal protection and equal treatment for all people. … With a record of defending religious liberty at the cost of infringing on individual liberties, Gorsuch’s confirmation could mean the rollback of basic freedoms and crucial protections for vulnerable LGBT people across America.

People also took to Twitter on the matter:

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