President Trump took to Twitter this Saturday afternoon to speak about his nomination of Tenth Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Twittersphere promptly ripped into him.
See, Gorsuch, who was recently confirmed by the Senate following a last minute rules change by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that allowed his confirmation to be forced through, should not be taking this seat at all, no matter what his level of support in the Senate was.
Gorsuch’s seat was, quite frankly, stolen from Merrick Garland, who was nominated to the nation’s highest court by President Barack Obama following the surprise death of Antonin Scalia.
At the time of Garland’s nomination, Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, made up the fairy tale that according to (non-existent) precedent, Obama shouldn’t have nominated anyone to the Supreme Court when Scalia died because the 44th President’s tenure was so close to its conclusion.
Trump, unsurprisingly, paid no mind to any of that.
With a tweet that amounts to little more than a middle finger to those concerned with preserving the constitutional integrity of our government, Trump wrote: “Judge Gorsuch will be sworn in at the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday at 11:00 A.M. He will be a great Justice. Very proud of him!”
Judge Gorsuch will be sworn in at the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday at 11:00 A.M. He will be a great Justice. Very proud of him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2017
Besides the middle finger to democracy aspect to the tweet, it’s simply kind of creepy for Trump to say that he’s “very proud” of Gorsuch. What, is he your little boy, Trump?
As mentioned, Twitter let Trump have it for acting as though Gorsuch’s seat wasn’t stolen from Garland.
He isn't Merrick Garland
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 8, 2017
It is a stolen seat. Much like the one in the Oval.
— Benjamin Byron Davis (@Tooda) April 8, 2017
Do you think he feels awkward knowing he's sitting in Merrick Garland's stolen seat?
Or does he just not care?
— MatthewDicks (@MatthewDicks) April 8, 2017
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