Trump Nominees: Coached to Feign Autonomy?

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch (right) arrives with former Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., for a meeting with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Wednesday.; Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images Ted Robbins

NPR Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch told a U.S. senator today that he found President Trump’s recent attacks on judges to be “demoralizing” and “disheartening.” Gorsuch made the comments during a private meeting and was quoted later by Democratic Sen.

Source: Gorsuch calls Trump tweets about judges ‘demoralizing’ and ‘disheartening’

Senator Schumer indicated last night on The Rachel Maddow Show that these comments were solicited from the SCOTUS nominee by the Democrats. As such, to say the President’s behavior is “disheartening” amounts to more of a coaxed admittance of wrongdoing than a disappointed rebuke of the President’s egregious and threatening attitude towards our judiciary.

The people of the United States can take no solace from Gorsuch’s comments that he will be anything but a shill for Trump—as are all of Trump’s other nominees.

It really speaks to the dire state of things that the former Exxon CEO in the cabinet is among the least problematic of the nominees.

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