President Donald Trump on Friday criticized the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, who he called a “terrible choice.”
Gorsuch has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 2009.
Trump said the Supreme State was “under siege” by “radical judges” and said the court “should never be allowed to be a rubber stamp for any law that is not on their own people’s side.”
Gorsuch is the first nominee Trump has made to replace the late Antonin Scalia, who died in February.
“As the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of the United States, Gorsuch is well qualified to fulfill the duties of his office and should be confirmed,” Trump said in a statement.
Gorsuch’s nomination has been in limbo since President Donald J. Trump nominated him to the court in January.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-4 on Friday to confirm him to a seat that is normally reserved for a justice of the state, but the Senate later postponed a vote.
The Supreme Court has had no major cases since Scalia’s death, meaning it has never had a justice appointed to the high court.
Gorsuch will fill the seat vacated by Justice Neil Gorsuch by Justice Clarence Thomas, who retired in February after 31 years on the bench.
The two will face off in a one-on-one Senate hearing before Gorsuch is confirmed.
In his remarks, Trump accused Democrats of putting out a false narrative of Gorsuch as “radical,” “unconstitutional” and a “disaster for America.”
“We cannot let this nomination become a Trojan horse for radical judges who want to dismantle our Constitution,” Trump continued.
“I am the only person in the Senate who will block Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation and the only one who will stand up to this travesty.”