When President Trump promised back in the GOP primary that he would nominate Supreme Court justices in the mold of Antonin Scalia, a lot of conservatives (including myself) didn’t believe him. After all, Trump himself is not a principled conservative, and he made a number of statements throughout the campaign that suggested he had little interest in individual rights and the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution.
At times, he even seemed agnostic to the prospects of the GOP retaining the Senate, which would be crucial to the confirmation of conservative justices. Trump trashed incumbent Republican lawmakers who criticized him, and even told one interviewer that he wouldn’t mind being a political-party “free agent.” Such talk didn’t instill a lot of confidence in those who saw Scalia’s vacant seat as a key election issue.
Tuesday night, however, President Trump put his money where his mouth has been by nominating Neil Gorsuch, a well-respected judge and genuine conservative originalist from my home-state of Colorado. Gorsuch is intelligent and thoughtful, has an impressive judicial record, and his inevitable confirmation should shape monumentally important legal decisions in this country for decades (he’s only 49 years old).
Gorsuch was on the well-received list of Supreme Court considerations that Trump presented to skeptical Republicans last year. By staying true to that list, the president not only kept his word, but brought conservatives together on perhaps the most important issue of his next four years in office. For that, he deserves immense credit.
Good job, Mr. President. Even those of us on the Right who couldn’t vote for you are singing your praises today.