Politicians are responding to news that Donald Trump has selected Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court justice.
If confirmed by the Senate, Gorsuch will fill the seat left vacant by Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016. Former President Barack Obama's pick to full Scalia's seat, Judge Merrick Garland, was not given a confirmation by the Senate.
Judge Gorsuch is one of the most mainstream, respected, and exceptionally qualified Supreme Court nominees in American history.— Vice President Pence (@VP) February 1, 2017
Supreme Court nominee Judge Gorsuch firmly stands as a strict constructionist, fitting the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.— Vice President Pence (@VP) February 1, 2017
Judicial scholars are worried that Gorsuch could be even more extreme than Scalia. Americans deserve a better Supreme Court justice. pic.twitter.com/Lg70UDApe8— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) February 1, 2017
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Judge Gorsuch will serve our country well. Look forward to supporting him during the confirmation process. pic.twitter.com/CJ9EcDRPIx— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) February 1, 2017
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Now more than ever, we need a Justice who is independent, eschews ideology, who will preserve our democracy & protect fundamental rights.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 1, 2017
We also need a SCOTUS justice who will stand up to a President who has already shown a willingness to bend the Constitution.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 1, 2017
Gorsuch put corps over workers, been hostile toward women’s rights & been an ideolog. Skeptical that he can be a strong, independent Justice— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 1, 2017
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)