Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s choice for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, on Wednesday called that Trump’s attacks on the judge who halted his travel ban “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”
A spokesman for Gorsuch confirmed the statement, first reported by CNN, which said Gorsuch told Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) he found Trump’s tweet about Federal Judge James Robart “disheartening” and “demoralizing” while the two met Wednesday afternoon.
NEWS: Blumenthal telling reporters Neil Gorsuch used the words "demoralizing" & "disheartening" to describe Trump's attacks on judiciary
— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) February 8, 2017
Gorsuch spox Ron Bonjean confirms SCOTUS nom called Trump's "so-called judge" tweet "disheartening" & "demoralizing" in convo w/ Blumenthal
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) February 8, 2017
On Saturday, Trump tweeted critiquing the opinion of the “so-called judge” saying that the ruling that halted his executive order was “ridiculous and will be overturned.”
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
Federal Judge James Robart, appointed by former President George W. Bush and approved by a 99-0 Senate vote in 2004, issued an immediate nationwide restraining order against Trump’s action last week, which had cut off citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S.