Locals React to Trump’s Supreme Court Nomination

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President Donald Trump announced his nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday night.

Neil Gorsuch – a federal appeals court judge with a conservative record – is Mr. Trump’s choice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Folks have been waiting for that announcement since Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death nearly one year ago.

It’s a campaign promise kept by President Donald Trump and one conservatives are seemingly happy with.

KTVE/KARD spoke with a local elected official and our political analyst who both say Judge Gorsuch is a less combative version of the late Justice Scalia who will please conservatives.

Senator Mike Walsworth out of District 33 says, “I think that’s what they were looking for, is someone strong, Scalia was strong, he was conservative-and I think they found someone Scalia-like, is what you would say.”

Dr. Joshua Stockley says, “he has very clear, conservative credentials, he has an expansive enough legal history to show a conservative, originalist and textualist history.”

Dr. Stockley says based on the historical average, the president gets to appoint two justices during his term.

Democrats are likely to push back against Gorsuch, but if President Trump gets another opportunity to appoint a judge, that’s when we’re likely to see real conflict.

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