Trump’s appointees have been among the most scandalous in American history. Michael Flynn and Jeff Sessions have both caused their fair share of headaches for Turmp due to their shady connections to Russia, and his EPA head Scott Pruitt has stated in the past that he doesn’t consider Carbon Dioxide to be the primary cause of climate change.
Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has been making waves in a completely different way. The conflict over Gorsuch was one of the most intense of any of his nominees, leading Republican leaders in the Senate to make threats to upend the entire American checks and balances system. Specifically, Republican Senators like Mitch McConnell and failed Presidential candidate Ted Cruz brazenly threatened to leverage the “nuclear option“, which would do away with the longstanding practice of the filibuster in the Senate. At the time, pundits were shocked at the bizarrely hypocritical nature of this plan, as the same Republicans railed against Democrats for being non-cooperative following their embarrassing healthcare failure.
In the end, Republicans were able to force through Gorsuch’s nomination, and he now sits on the Supreme Court of the United States. Throughout the day, Gorsuch took an incredibly hard line stance on a variety of cases, including one which involved the dismissal of federal employees. His questioning was so intense that one Justice, Elena Kagan, joked that Gorsuch was trying to “start a revolution”, a remark that drew laughter from the other judges on the bench.
While Gorsuch’s constant flow of questions is admittedly better than conservative Clarence Thomas’ refusal to ever speak while hearing cases, it represents a troubling trend towards strict interpretation of the Constitution that is often touted by conservative justices.
Throughout his tenure on the Supreme Court, Gorsuch’s predecessor Antonin Scalia used this method of constitutional interpretation to justify a number of harshly conservative decisions that represented huge steps back for supporters of progressive ideology.
If Gorsuch’s first day on the court is indicative of his entire time on the bench, the Democrats need to start gearing up to oppose such a strict-interpretation ideology immediately. In the past few years, some of the largest strides forward in progressive movements have come in the form of Supreme Court decisions, such as the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case that legalized same-sex marriage legally. If you agree that Gorsuch shouldn’t stand in the way of these types of decisions, please share this article with family and friends on Facebook.