Trump Nominates new Supreme Court Justice

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On January 31, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. This was seen as fulfilling a promise to his voters, many of whom voted for Trump because he promised to nominate a judge that would fit the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away February 2016.

Neil Gorsuch has been praised as a great choice to replace the late Justice Scalia, even down to his style of writing .

“He’s unusual for his memorable writing style, the depth of his reading and his willingness to rethink constitutional principles from the ground up,” editor at the National Constitution Center Jeffrey Rosen said.

Gorsuch holds the same belief as Scalia, that the Constitution should be interpreted as the Founders originally intended it to be. They both hold that it is the duty of the court to uphold the law made by the legislators, not be involved in any form of policy making themselves.

In fact, one study has identified him as the most natural successor to Justice Antonin Scalia on the Trump shortlist, both in terms of his judicial style and his substantive approach,” contributor at SCOTUSBLOG Eric Citron said.

Overall conservatives are extremely happy with Trump’s pick for the successor of Scalia. Now Gorsuch will need to be confirmed by the Senate. Those hearings start on March 20.