Senate Democrats face long-term conservative opposition with the announcement of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
President Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the open seat in the Supreme Court last night in an attempt to solidify conservative control among the high court. Gorsuch, currently sitting for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, is a 49-year-old federal appellate judge from Colorado and is the youngest nominee for the Supreme Court in 25 years.
Democratic senators, such as Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, strongly oppose the president’s nomination and plan to block Gorsuch’s confirmation. “This is a stolen seat being filled by an illegitimate and extreme nominee, and I will do everything in my power to stand up against this assault on the Court,” Merkley said.
Gorsuch, despite his lack of tenure, attended Columbia University and Harvard University and earned a doctorate in legal philosophy at the University of Oxford. President Trump, confident in his decision, said, “I can only hope that both Democrats and Republicans can come together for once for the good of the country.”
Democrats, however, believe that his nomination will have lasting long-term conservative implications. Because Supreme Court judges do not have term limits, Gorsuch’s nomination has the potential to leave a lasting impression on American history.
Gorsuch might not be the Democrat’s only problem. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the four liberal-leaning justices on the Supreme Court, turns 84 in March, and Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has been known to split ties towards the progressive wing, is currently 80-years-old. Depending on how long these two judges last and who President Trump may elect to replace them, the Democrats may have more Supreme Court battles to fight.