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Disdainful Language About Federal Judges Gets A Rebuke

February 8, 2017

I was most satisfied to hear that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told a US senator Wednesday that Donald Trump’s tweets about the judiciary are “demoralizing” and “disheartening.”

In a meeting with Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Gorsuch, who’s largely been silent since Trump nominated him last week, took exception to Trump calling a federal judge in Seattle a “so-called judge” after blocking Trump’s Muslim travel ban.

“He said very specifically that they were demoralizing and disheartening, and he characterized them very specifically that way,” Blumenthal said of Gorsuch.

Ron Bonjean, who is leading communications for Gorsuch during the confirmation process, confirmed Gorsuch called Trump’s tweet about the “so-called judge” “disheartening” and “demoralizing” in his conversation with Blumenthal.

It is understood that Trump is not overly schooled when it comes to a whole raft of issues. The complexities of government and the structure of our political institutions may seem less important than his shopping for wives.  But I am most pleased there still are those mature voices who speak out and make it known how small Trump proves himself to be.

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