January 31, 2017
In one of the most hotly anticipated political announcements in years, President Trump on Tuesday named Neil Gorsuch as his nominees for the Supreme Court.
He said he was keeping his promise to the American people to nominate the “best judge” in the country.
“Today I am keeping another promise to the American people,” the president in the East Room of the White House as he introduced Judge Gorsuch, a widely respected jurist who currently serves on the U.S. appeals court based in Denver.
The pick immediately drew praise from conservatives, including an outpouring of support from Senate Republicans.
But Judge Gorsuch also quickly found detractors among liberal groups that raised concerns about his stance on gun control and the role of big money in politics.
News outlets CNN and MSNBC each had detractors waiting on set to announce their opposition to Judge Gorsuch. CNN held a townhall with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi,(Ca.) immediately after Trump announced his pick, and she wasted no time expressing her opposition.
The nomination appeared headed for a battle royal in the Senate, where some Democrats vowed to block the nomination even before Trump announced his pick.
“You’ve trusted me with a most solemn assignment,” Judge Grouch said to the president.
The judge pledge that, if confirmed, he would labor to live up to the stand set by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose vacancy he was tapped to fill.
“Justice Scalia was a lion of the law. Agree or disagree with him, all of his colleagues on the bench shared his wisdom and his humor. And like them, I miss him,” said Judge Grouch.
The nomination fulfilled a big campaign promise for Mr. Trump, whose pledge to put a conservative justice on the high court helped galvanize support from conservative voters leery of the New York billionaire who unexpectedly capture the GOP nomination for president.
To solidify conservative support, Trump took the unusual step of promising to make his pick from a list of 21 jurists who had the stamp of approval form conservative leaders.
Judge Gorsuch was on the list.
Trump gave a nod to the importance voters placed on his pick for the high court.
“Millions of voters said this was the single most important issue to them when they voted for me,” said the president. “I am a man of my word. I will do what I say, something that people have been asking for form Washington for a very long time.”
Whomever fills the vacancy created by death last February of Scalia, who was one of the Supreme Court’s strongest conservative voices, has the potential to alter the balance of the court. That gave Republicans another reason — and for some the only reason — to rally behind Trump in hopes of preventing a pick by Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton from tilting the high court to the left for a generation.