It’s depressing to see how ideological confirmation bias can make people believe obviously false claims, even when they have been debunked, and are contradicted by first-hand information and news reports.
A handful of mostly left-leaning journalists at publications like Salon and The Forward repeated a British tabloid’s wild claim that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch started a “fascism forever club” in high school. This bizarre smear of Gorsuch was debunked by Snopes. It was also debunked by teachers at his school, as liberal-leaning America Magazine noted. And it was also debunked by a lawyer in the National Review.
Neil Gorsuch is a well-respected judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, where he has been a judge for more than 10 years, without a hint of scandal. He was unanimously confirmed to the Tenth Circuit by a bipartisan vote, even as other, controversial judges faced filibusters. Nothing in Gorsuch’s judicial opinions or writings is in any way radical, nor does he have a history of saying radical things. (Even lawyers like Radley Balko who detest President Trump think that Gorsuch is a well-qualified, judicious, and reasonable man who should be confirmed).
So there was no reason to believe this bizarre claim even before Snopes debunked it…