Trump Picks Judge Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court Seat

Judge Gorsuch has an Ivy League law degree from Harvard. He spent time clerking for the Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Byron White before earning a degree in philosophy from Oxford University. He then worked for a prominent law firm in Washington D.C. Gorsuch served in the Department of Justice before President George W. Bush nominated him to the court of appeals.

Despite the favorable response to Trump’s nomination, the next few days will be crucial for Gorsuch. If there were any oversights or omissions during the vetting process of his legal, financial, or personal history, they will most likely be exploited by those who oppose the nomination. For some activists, the simple fact Gorsuch was President Trump’s choice is enough to protest. Political Director of CREDO had the following to say.

“Democrats must shut the Senate down if Republicans try to ram through Trump’s nominee. There is no room for collaboration with a thin-skinned, tantrum-prone tyrant who, in just the first few days of his administration, has already displayed reckless disregard for the rule of law.”

Gorsuch will likely face unbending opposition during his confirmation process. In retaliation for the Republicans blocking Barack Obama’s nomination last year, some Democrats have admitted that they would flat-out refuse whomever Trump chose. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley stated that he would filibuster anyone that Trump chooses. He clarified by stating that “this is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat and we will use every lever in our power to stop this.”

Liberal Senator Sherrod Brown, however, wished to wait for the nomination prior to making any decision. Brown said that the Democratic decision should depend upon who Trump names. Since Trump picked a conservative that is considered to be mainstream, the Democrats may hold off on a fight.

The next move lies in the hands of the Senate Judiciary Committee. We will soon find out if the Democrats seek to block Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, as the Republicans blocked Merrick Garland for the same seat. If the nomination is blocked, Republicans may employ what is known as the “nuclear option” which will eliminate the filibuster for all Supreme Court nominees. The Democrats used this tactic in 2013. However, there may be more seats at stake during Trump’s presidential rein. The battle over the Supreme Court has begun.

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