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Sens. Cruz & Lee Take Democrats to the Woodshed for Criticizing a Federal Judge

Democrats’ strong criticism of President Trump for his comments on federal judges hasn’t stopped them from repeatedly taking shots at Judge Neil Gorsuch…

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Democrats’ strong criticism of President Trump for his comments on federal judges has not stopped them from repeatedly taking shots at Judge Neil Gorsuch over the first two days of his confirmation hearing this week.

As Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) noted during today’s hearing, “We have seen the independence of Judge Gorsuch attacked no fewer than 27 times” through the first two days of the hearing by Judiciary Committee Democrats, who have also attacked the Roberts court some 17 times:

“Now, I also find it interesting that in the first two days of this hearing alone, we have seen the independence of Judge Gorsuch attacked no fewer than 27 times. We have seen the independence of the Supreme Court of the United States and of the Federal Judiciary called into question no fewer than 17 times. Those are stats from the first two days alone. Those statistics do not reflect statements made today. One could argue that those statistics may well have doubled by today. They have certainly increased substantially and I find that troubling. I certainly find that is something we ought not be aspiring to. What we ought to be aspiring to is talking about how we can improve the federal judiciary, talking about the highest ideals of our system.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) echoed Lee, highlighting the hypocrisy of Democrats for lamenting the criticism of federal judges, but then repeatedly attacking Judge Gorsuch.

“So, if you are and will continue to be a federal judge on the court of appeals, it is interesting to assess how my Democratic colleagues have fared under their own test that it is inappropriate, that it is offensive to somehow malign a federal judge. Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on national television, Judge Gorsuch is, quote, “hostile to women’s rights and holds radical views far outside the mainstream of American legal thought.” She continued, quote, “what saddens me the most as a mom and a grandmother is his hostility towards children in school, children with autism.” She additionally went on to say, quote, “if you breathe air, drink water, eat food, take medicine or in any other interact with the courts, if you care about that for your children, he’s not your guy.”

“It is interesting given the Democrats are complaining about people criticizing federal judges. Senator Whitehouse on Monday said, quote, “tellingly, big special interests and their front groups are spending millions of dollars in a dark money campaign to push your confirmation. They obviously think you will be worth their money.” That also somehow falls short of the Democrats’ complaints about criticisms directed at the judiciary. Indeed, Senator Hirono on Monday said, quote, “you consistently choose corporations and powerful interests over people. Ideology over common sense and indeed the purpose of the law.” Senator Durbin, “in case after case you either dismissed or rejected efforts by workers and families to recognize their rights and defend their freedoms.” Senator Franken, “but if the past is prologue, I fear that confirming you would guarantee more of the same from the Roberts courts. Decisions that continue to favor powerful corporate interests over the rights of average Americans.” Tom Perez, the DNC chairman, “Gorsuch on the Supreme Court is Intolerable. Judge Gorsuch would discriminate against a majority of Americans from the bench. The chairman of the Democratic Party charging that a judge would discriminate?

“These are serious attacks. Many of them impugn your integrity directly and yet this is a confirmation hearing. The Founders understood a confirmation hearing would be in the political arena. My colleagues, the Democrats, have a right to engage in whatever attacks they choose, but it is a little rich for them to be maligning a sitting federal judge and at the same time giving speeches about how unacceptable it is for anyone to criticize a federal judge. You can’t have both at the same time.”

Few of the Democrats’ shots have landed, as commentators across the political spectrum have praised Judge Gorsuch’s performance at the hearing, with one noting that, “if this is all the Dems got, they best go home.”