In a big announcement, President Donald Trump revealed that he is nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch for a seat on the Supreme Court. The 49-year-old has attended Columbia and Harvard, and also studied at Oxford, where he got a doctorate in legal philosophy.
"It is an extraordinary resume. As good as it gets," Trump said about Gorsuch’s academic records.
The judge is known for his conservative rulings and is often involved in cases involving religious liberty. He is a defender or religious freedom and a known “textualist,” which means he sees the Constitution just as it was originally written rather than in light of modern times.
In 2014, Gorsuch exempted the evangelical Christian-run Hobby Lobby from providing employees with birth control. He has also authored a book called “Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” but his stance on abortion remains unknown as of now.
Gorsuch has often been likened to Justice Antonin Scalia, who died almost a year ago, leaving his SCOTUS seat vacant; the nominee is believed to be a far-right conservative, as Scalia was.
Trump believes Gorsuch is the best person who could have filled the position, and is exactly what the United States needs at this point in time.
However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer doesn't agree with the POTUS.
"Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated a hostility toward women's rights, and most troubling, hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent justice on the court," he said in a statement.
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