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The U.S. Supreme Court Bench and Judge Neil Gorsuch (Video)

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The Senate’s had a heavy load of confirmations lately — but none more important than the next Supreme Court justice’s. While members wade through Cabinet picks and other key posts, the nominee who could leave the biggest impression on America is waiting his turn in the hot seat: Neil Gorsuch. Although the hearings aren’t scheduled to start for another few weeks, the White House is already gearing up for the clash Democrats are threatening.

As they put the finishing touches on their game plan, the Trump team is also meeting with conservative leaders to build support. Today, I was part of a small group invited to the White House to talk with the president’s top advisors about Gorsuch and the month ahead. As even the Left knows, the Supreme Court was a major factor in the outcome of the November elections. Seven in 10 voters said the president’s choice to fill Scalia’s seat motivated their decision. Now that Trump has nominated Gorsuch, a man respected for being loyal to the law, even the Left is going to have a difficult time opposing him. And, let’s not forget — as Fox Business’s Stuart Varney and I discussed earlier today — 10 of the Democrats voting on Gorsuch are up for reelection in states that Trump carried. So it’s no wonder that people see support building for the Tenth Circuit court judge. Playing nice on Trump’s nominees isn’t just the best decision for the country — but for a struggling Democratic Party. As more pundits are starting to warn, obstructing an originalist with a stellar record will almost certainly be a political loser for vulnerable liberals.

In the meantime, we look forward to helping the White House build momentum for Gorsuch, who, like the justice he hopes to replace, believes that “judges should be in the business of declaring what the law is using the traditional tools of interpretation, rather than pronouncing the law as they might wish it to be in light of their own political views.”

I understand that conservatives are very skeptical of judicial nominees — and rightfully so, given that many nominees who were sold as “conservative” have evolved into something else once they were seated on the bench. Just like in politics, the best indicator or future performance is past performance. Judge Gorsuch’s opinions in the Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor cases reveal an allegiance to the text of the First Amendment that are more than reassuring. Given the battle that is raging over our First Freedom we need such a justice.

Speaking of religious liberty, during our discussion on why Judge Gorsuch’s strong record on the religious freedom was so important, I raised the matter of the president’s executive order on religious liberty. We’ll keep encouraging the administration to take the steps necessary to protect and uphold our freedom to live according to our Christian faith as the Constitution provides.

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