In what has come to be known as a stunning defeat for the democratic party, Neil Gorsuch has just been sworn in as the 113th Supreme Court Justice of the United States.
The drama began unfolding months ago as former President Barack Obama was tasked with appointing a justice late into his lame duck second term. With the writing on the wall regarding Hillary Clinton’s chances to overtake Donald Trump in the already fervent 2015 presidential election, congressional republicans pulled out all of the stops in order to block Obama’s appointee, knowing full well that they would have a chance to shape history when their candidate trounced Hillary in November.
Now, after some unprecedented legislative wrangling that left the democrats throwing a temper tantrum that would make a kindergartner blush, Neil Gorsuch will be assuming his position on the bench after an historic ceremony in Washington D.C. today.
“Justice Anthony Kennedy, under whom Gorsuch clerked upon graduating law school more than two decades ago, administered the oath of office to now-Justice Gorsuch, until now a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Gorsuch’s ascendance will give the Supreme Court its full compliment of nine justices for the first time since Justice Antonin Scalia, a pole of the Court’s conservative wing, passed away last February.“In attendance were President Donald Trump, other top administration officials, and all eight sitting justices of the Supreme Court. Monday’s swearing-in comes after a protracted confirmation fight that saw both the first threatened partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee and a resort to the ‘constitutional option’ of changing Senate rules to prohibit such filibusters. The administration’s triumph in that fight came as a major boost to morale, fulfilling a campaign promise to deliver Justice Scalia’s seat to a conservative jurist.
“The president addressed the assembled crowd at the Rose Garden before the swearing-in. Alluding to the confirmation fight, he thanked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for their efforts to bring Gorsuch to this day.
“The president also referenced Scalia’s legacy, which Gorsuch now is poised to defend, nodding to the late justice’s widow, Maureen, who was also in attendance. ‘The Ceremony has special meaning as Justice Gorsuch is filling the seat of one of the greatest Supreme Court judges in American history, and that’s Antonin Scalia,’ he said.”
Gorsuch taking the oath of office has capped off an unbelievably hectic first 81 days in office for President Donald Trump, who has been forced to fend off all manner of leftist attacks, many stemming from the already-debunked theory of collision between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. Trump has also been militarily busy in his fledgling presidency, engaging in an airstrike against the Syrian government after an immoral chemical weapons attack, and the relation of Navy ships toward North Korea in a show of force.