Three Years Ago Today: Senate Votes to Confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Justice Antonin Scalia was a conservative icon on the Supreme Court. Overseeing many important cases, he left his mark on the bench. So when it came time to deciding who would choose to replace him, the American people gave the nod to Donald Trump.

Recognizing the large shoes that had to be filled, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch as the Supreme Court nominee to replace Scalia. With years of judicial and academic knowledge and experience, Gorsuch’s credentials were through the roof.

Per usual, Democrats played the game of obstruction and attempted to discredit and slander Gorsuch. Luckily, Senate Republicans fought back such notions. One Senator who was a fierce defender of the President’s Supreme Court nominee was Lindsey Graham. During the hearings in 2017, Graham called out Democrats who refused to even talk to Gorsuch.

“To my Democratic colleagues: If you take the time to listen to people who have interacted with Judge Gorsuch throughout his career, you will find he is a good and decent man.” said Graham. “And if you don’t want to take the time, it says more about you than him.”

Lindsey Graham continued to be an advocate for Gorsuch, as he was eventually confirmed by a vote of 54-45 by the U.S. Senate on April 7, 2017: three years ago today.

If it wasn’t for the fierce fight that Lindsey Graham and other Republicans put up in the Senate, we would not have the admirable replacement that Gorsuch has been to Scalia on the Supreme Court. Justice Gorsuch has shown true conservative principles on the bench.

Just a year later, President Trump had another opportunity to make a Supreme Court nomination with the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Just like in the Gorsuch hearings, Senator Graham was a powerful defender and advocate of Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.

Over the next few years, there will be more Supreme Court nominations because several Justices are in their 80’s and late 70’s. If Joe Biden is making the decision instead of President Trump, or if the Senate is in Democratic control, the court could be denied the conservative majority for years to come!

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