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Trump Picks Gorsuch to Replace Scalia on Supreme Court

President Trump announced his choice late in the evening yesterday for whom will replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

Conservatives are praising the pick as stellar and predict it will restore the balance of the Court to the conservative side. And now liberals are ready to pounce and ‘Bork’ him.

Here’s more from Newsmax:

President Donald Trump nominated 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch Tuesday night to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.

The announcement was during a live prime-time television broadcast from the White House that was also streamed on Facebook Live and YouTube.

The 49-year-old is seen as a likely heir to the legacy of Scalia, long the the Court’s most conservative voice. Gorsuch, like Scalia, is viewed as both an originalist and textualist.

A graduate of Columbia, Harvard and Oxford universities, Gorsuch clerked for Supreme Court justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He attended Harvard Law with former President Barack Obama.

Trump had promised his pick would be popular with evangelicals, and many of Gorsuch’s rulings square with that assessment.

In the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor cases, Gorsuch sided with Christian employers and organizations, arguing they should be exempted from the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to provide contraception to employees. He cited the Constitution’s “Free Exercise Clause” stating that Congress cannot make a law establishing a religion or prohibiting its free exercise.

“The ACA’s mandate requires them to violate their religious faith by forcing them to lend an impermissible degree of assistance to conduct their religion teaches to be gravely wrong,” he wrote in the Hobby Lobby opinion.

The judge writes in his book “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia” that no form of euthanasia should be made legal, ABC News reports. He made similar arguments in a 2000 law journal article.

Gorsuch was appointed to the 10 Circuit in Colorado in 2006 by President George W. Bush and was confirmed on a voice vote. He is described by supporters as a gifted writer and as an outdoorsman who likes to hunt, fish and ski, according to Politico.


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