For a few minutes tonight, for the first time in a long time, President Donald Trump united the GOP and the right with his nomination of Neil Gorsuch.
There will still be disagreements. There will still be concerns. But no one can argue that Donald Trump did not keep his promise. He kept it and then some. Neil Gorsuch is in the mold of Antonin Scalia. Where Scalia was great, Gorsuch is great. Where Scalia needed small improvements, Gorsuch improves.
There will never be another Antonin Scalia — a lion of America jurisprudence. But Neil Gorsuch can sit in Justice Scalia’s chair comfortably.
For the next few weeks, we will hear Democrat in fits of hysterics over how Neil Gorsuch is the worst thing ever. But Republicans and the right in general will thank President Trump for this generational decision.
Leonard Leo, the Supreme Court Advisor to President Trump, released a statement saying
“Tonight President Trump did exactly what he told the American people he would do — nominate a distinguished, exceptionally qualified, and widely respected jurist to fill Justice’s Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch possesses keen intellect, independence of judgment, integrity, courage, and a sense of fairness that is grounded in the Constitution and laws as they are written. This is what the President very much wanted in a nominee.
“Under our Constitution, power ultimately rests with the people. This ideal is at the core of Justice Scalia’s legacy. As we heard from President Trump’s inauguration speech, it is at the core of the President’s agenda, and it’s very much at the core of what Neil Gorsuch’s record is as a jurist.”
I could not agree more.