Sasse: Gorsuch Says ‘Any Attack on Brothers and Sisters of the Robe Is an Attack on All Judges’
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 9, 2017
Despite what the Twitter account of @realDonaldTrump would have you believe, it seems as if the comments by Judge Neil Gorsuch about President Donald Trump‘s anti-judiciary attacks are true.
Yesterday, it was reported that Gorsuch, the President’s choice to replace the late conservative giant Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, expressed his personal disapproval of Trump’s recent comments about judges, calling Trump’s commentary “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” Trump earlier in the day had criticized the three judges from the 9th Circuit Court who heard oral arguments this week regarding POTUS’ immigration restrictions, saying, “I listened to a bunch of stuff last night that was disgraceful. It was disgraceful.”
Gorsuch’s comments were made in a closed door meeting with Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, and although Gorsuch’s spokesperson confirmed the “disheartening” and “demoralizing” rhetoric, Trump tried to pin the blame Thursday on Blumenthal himself. The Commander-in-Chief took to Twitter to say in part, “[Blumenthal] now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him.”
On Morning Joe Thursday, Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse — arguably the most vociferous anti-Trump conservative voice in American politics — revealed that Gorsuch’s comments are absolutely true.
“Judge Gorsuch and I actually talked about that,” Sasse revealed to Joe Scarborough this morning. “And frankly, he got pretty passionate about it.”
Sasse continued, “I asked [Gorsuch] about the ‘so-called judges’ comment, because we don’t have so-called judges or so-called presidents or so-called Senators. This is a guy who kind of welled up with some energy and he said, ‘Any attack on’ — I think his term to me was — ‘brothers and sisters of the robe is an attack on all judges.'”
The junior Senator from Nebraska furthered by saying, “[Judge Gorsuch] believes in an independent judiciary.”
Trump’s line of attack against Blumenthal is unsurprising, and his documented history regarding lying about his Vietnam service has been unsurprisingly invoked by the President already today. Of course, it now seems as if Gorsuch’s “disheartening” and “demoralizing” comments are true, given the testimonies from Sasse, Blumenthal, and Ron Bonjean, who is leading communications for Gorsuch during his confirmation. Trump is unlikely to take shots at his new SCOTUS appointee of course, so for now, it’s seems safe to file Trump’s latest commentary firmly under this friendly heading:
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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