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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for United States Supreme Court; Dems already oppose

President Trump announced Tuesday, on prime-time television, his Supreme Court pick selecting Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  If confirmed, Gorsuch will fill the SCOTUS seat left by Chief Justice Antonin Scalia who died in 2016.  
Trump selects Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court. Photo/AP.
“Judge Gorsuch has a superb intellect, an unparalleled legal education, and a commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its text", said Trump. "He will make an incredible Justice as soon as the Senate confirms him.”
While some consider Gorsuch to be “warm”, “open”, “generous” and willing to “find common ground”, Democratic Minority Speaker of House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in a statement issued soon after the announcement about Gorsuch:
“In the Hobby Lobby case, Judge Neil Gorsuch revealed his eagerness to single out women’s health for discrimination and enable employers to meddle in their workers’ most intimate health decisions. Judge Gorsuch’s record reveals he holds radical views far outside the mainstream of American legal thought.”  
In a CNN town hall Pelosi went on to say that the selection of Judge Gorsuch is a “very bad decision.”
“If you breathe air, eat food, drink water and take medicine you should be scared and oppose #SCOTUS nominee Gorusch”, Pelosi said.
Gorsuch is said to be against women’s rights and has taken staunch positions on environmental issues and law enforcement.
Trump picked Gorsuch over 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Thomas Hardiman who works alongside Trump’s sister MaryAnne Trump Barry.
“Was this a surprise? Was this a surprise?” Trump asked the attendees in the East Room of the White House after his remarks.
Gorsuch will need sixty required votes for confirmation which Republicans hope the Democrats will help provide. 
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he was “mucho happy” about Trump’s pick.

“He has the perfect disposition. I don’t know who would think he’s not qualified”, Graham said.

Republicans failed to vote on former President Obama’s Supreme Court selection of Merrick Garland, instead opting to wait until after the 2016 selection when they stood a better chance to nominate a Republican.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted after the president’s announcement:
"I encourage my Senate colleagues to give Neil Gorsuch the same courtesy Senate Republicans gave Merrick Garland." #SCOTUS
Gorsuch, 49, if confirmed, will have a lifetime appointment on the United States Supreme Court. 

About Neil Gorsuch

Gorsuch has served for over a decade as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate without opposition on July 20, 2006, to the U.S.

Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Judge Gorsuch attended Harvard Law School as a Harry Truman Scholar and graduated with honors in 1991. He graduated with honors from Columbia University in 1988, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After law school, he attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar and received his Doctorate in Philosophy in 2004. He clerked for Justice Byron White and Justice Kennedy of Supreme Court of the United States and Judge David Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Judge Gorsuch attended Harvard Law School as a Harry Truman Scholar and graduated with 
honors in 1991. He graduated with honors from Columbia University in 1988, where he was
elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After law school, he attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, 
and he received his Doctorate in Philosophy in 2004.He clerked for Justice Byron White and Justice Kennedy of Supreme Court of the United Statesand Judge David Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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