Democrats say President Trump's SCOTUS nominee is "outside the mainstream"

Posted at 12:44 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 12:44:58-05

Politicians are weighing in on President Trump's Supreme Court Justice nominee, and while Congressman Chris Collins supports President Trump's choice, Democrats have doubts.

Collins says President Trump stayed true to his conservative principals with his SCOTUS pick.

"I fully anticipate that [Judge Neil Gorsuch] will continue interpreting laws as they are written and defend the constitutionally protected rights all Americans hold dear," said Collins. "I urge my Democrat colleagues in the Senate to recognize the clear message American voters sent on Election Day and quickly confirm Judge Gorsuch."

But his Democrat colleagues are anything but on board with President Trump's choice.

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is worried about the judge's far right stance and says he will heavily scrutinize Judge Gorsuch during his hearing.

"I am concerned that far right groups presented an edict to Donald Trump when he was a candidate, demanding that he select a nominee from their approved list," said Casey. "These same organizations have pushed for legal rulings that rig the system in favor of big corporations and against workers, stacking the deck against everyday Pennsylvanians."

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer says he has "serious doubts" that Judge Gorsuch is within what Democrats consider to be the legal mainstream.

"[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," said Schumer.

Schumer says the senate "must insist" on 60 votes for any Supreme Court nominee. This would require bipartisan support.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the government should stand on the side of the citizens, and does not feel Gorsuch represents the interests of the citizens.

"The Supreme Court is supposed to be the ultimate arbiter of justice for our citizens," said Gillibrand. "Unfortunately, Judge Gorsuch has proven to have a judicial philosophy outside of the mainstream and time and again has subjugated individual rights to those of corporations. I fundamentally disagree with his ruling that a boss should be able to make family planning decisions for an employee and that corporations are people."

Gillibrand says she will stand up for individuals over corporations and will also insist on 60 votes for a nominee.