Thursday, February 9, 2017

Awkward Moment

Via the Washington Post:

Trump’s escalating attacks on the federal judiciary drew denunciation Wednesday from his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who told a senator that the criticism was “disheartening” and “demoralizing” to independent federal courts.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Gorsuch made the comments during their private meeting Wednesday, and the account was confirmed by Ron Bonjean, a member of the group guiding the judge through his confirmation process.


Blumenthal said Gorsuch, whom Trump nominated to the Supreme Court just over a week ago, agreed with him that the president’s language was out of line.

“I told him how abhorrent Donald Trump’s invective and insults are towards the judiciary. And he said to me that he found them ‘disheartening’ and ‘demoralizing’ — his words,” Blumenthal said in an interview.

Gorsuch “stated very emotionally and strongly his belief in his fellow judges’ integrity and the principle of judicial independence,” he added. “And I made clear to him that that belief requires him to be stronger and more explicit, more public in his views.”

Yeah, but I still don’t want him on the Court.

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  1. What are the odds that was meant for public consumption and had Bannon’s blessing? Especially since Trump’s attitude toward the judiciary is destructive and dangerous?

  2. Your cynicism makes me sad. I’d like to think this man will have some self-respect and not be Trump’s monkey. He’ll be a substitute for Scalia with Scalia’s conservatism so we’ll be back where we were before. Now pray for the health of RBG and Kennedy.

    • I”m not discounting at all the possibility that Gorsuch will be his own man once he’s on the Court — justices have a tendency to get very independent, which is why the right hates lifetime appointments to the federal courts. After all, what can Trump do once he’s confirmed? Tweet mean things?

      I’m hoping he will not display Scalia’s “conservatism” since Scalia was no more than a party hack, Catholic variety, and tailored his “originalism” to the agenda of the moment.

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