Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has said he found the president’s attacks on the judiciary “disheartening” and “demoralizing,” according to a Democratic senator. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut disclosed the comments from Judge Neil Gorsuch after meeting with the nominee on Wednesday, as the candidate for the high court vacancy paid a series of courtesy visits to senators.
In a tweet this past weekend, Trump lashed out at Judge James Robart after he issued a stay on the president’s refugee and immigration ban.
“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump tweeted.
That comment drew rebukes from Republicans and Democrats. Blumenthal said that in his meeting with Gorsuch, the federal judge said Trump’s criticism was “demoralizing and disheartening.” Gorsuch’s confirmation team confirmed the judge’s comments.
Blumenthal said later on Wednesday that unless Gorsuch goes public with his concerns, the US public will conclude that he is more likely to be a “rubber stamp” for the president.
“He needs to condemn Donald Trump’s attacks publicly and it needs to be much stronger, more explicit and direct than has been done so far,” Blumenthal said. “Unless it is done publicly in a clear condemnation, it will not establish his independence.”
Trump kept up his criticism of members of the judiciary Wednesday, slamming the court that is deliberating his executive order and describing motivations as “so political.” He made the comments while speaking to a group of police chiefs and sheriffs.
Gorsuch is making the rounds in the Senate, drawing praise from Republicans but skepticism from many Democrats, including Blumenthal.
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President Trump's reaction to not getting his own way from the Judiciary, reads like the reaction of a 3 year old child who throws a tantrum for not getting what he or she wants.Feb 09th, 2017 - 03:11 pm +4
@ DTFeb 10th, 2017 - 07:09 pm +3
I don't believe he has turned the majority of people against judges or the press. I actually think the opposite. People that voted for him are unhappy with his behaviour as President and he most certainly does not have the support in government you would expect at this early stage and with Republican majorities. Trump is running his term in office in the way he ran his campaign and it just does not work. He should be enjoying a honeymoon period of support but that simply is not happening.
If Trump overrides the constitution - and I believe that will never happen - the U.S. will break up. It really is the only thing that holds the union together. Americans are inculcated to believe in the constitution like a religion. If there was any chance of changing it in any way they would have taken their guns away a long time ago. That makes sense since they are so adept at shooting each other and letting their kids play with them.
Poor half-wit Chronic; doesn't understand percentages.Feb 12th, 2017 - 11:27 pm +3
The 9th Circuit Court also has the most cases AFFIRMED by the Supreme Court.
35 cases affirmed, more than any other court.
It has both the most cases overturned and the most affirmed, because it is much bigger than any of the others. Anyone of normal intelligence should be able to understand this.
Not just those people, but they are a good example. It's true that it's rather outdated in intention, but I think they could actually do a lot to make their country safer without removing this right.