President Trump has continued his streak of one big announcement after another, tonight naming his nomination for the Supreme Court of the United States. Trump ended up choosing one of the short list candidates we profiled back in September: Neil Gorsuch, federal judge on the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Gorsuch was nominated to that position in 1990 by then president George H.W. Bush. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law and his D.Phil from Oxford University. Gorsuch appears to have all the right educational pedigree and judicial experience to make him an excellent choice for the bench; but what about his judicial philosophy? Here are a few comments on the prospective Justice from some of the most ardent defenders of liberty and the Constitution in Congress.
Overall, it seems like conservatives and many libertarians are excited about Trump’s nominee. Mike Lee, who was himself on Trump’s short list for the nomination, says Gorsuch is “extremely impressive” with a strong commitment to “textualism and originalism.” Congressman Massie, one of the most libertarian Republicans in the House, carries a more reserved tone. “I am hopeful,” he says, that “Judge Neil Gorsuch, will truly follow in the footsteps of Justice Antonin Scalia.”
What do you think of Trump’s pick? Will he uphold the Constitution in a way that honors the memory of Justice Scalia? Will he go rogue like Bush’s appointee Chief Justice Roberts? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments below.