Protests erupt after Trump Supreme Court justice nominee announced

by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau


NEW YORK CITY – Today I am keeping another promise to the American people. By nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch to be on the United States Supreme Court.”

Just minutes after President Donald Trump’s big nominee reveal at the White House, several demonstrators blocked off traffic in front of the Trump Tower in New York City – protesting against Trump’s Supreme Court pick – Judge Neil Gorsuch.

An NYPD officer warned the protesters, “You are unlawfully in the roadway and obstructing vehicular traffic. You are ordered to leave the road and utilize the available sidewalk, if you do so voluntary, no charges will be placed against you.”

But as the demonstrators remained on the roadway, 11 of them were arrested — including Gwenn Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, who died after being put in a police chokehold back in 2014.

Gorsuch, a Denver-based Judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, is known for backing religious rights and writing against euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The US Supreme Court today is ideologically split, with 4 liberal and 4 conservative judges.

If Trump’s pick is appointed, Gorsuch can tilt the “judicial scale” and restore the Supreme Court’s conservative majority. 

“This is the regressive wrong choice and he owes his career to people who are dedicated to overturning Roe Vs Wade,” New York City resident Dodge Landesman said, “For people who are dedicated to rolling back all pro-LGBT policy points so it’s incredibly regressive for this country.”

Trump’s nomination comes after the Republican Party refused to consider President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for the vacant seat last year.

What we should do next is we have to keep protesting, we have to keep marching,” Landesman said.

Meanwhile, in Washington DC, hundreds of demonstrators carried signs and chanted on the steps of the Supreme Court, protesting President Trump’s replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia.

“There are actually parts of his record where he’s too far to the extreme of Scalia,” National Spokesperson for The Constitutional Responsibility Project, Adam Hodge, said. “It does raise real concerns or whether he can be that fair, independent open-minded jurist on the court.”

Wade Henderson, President and CEO of Leadership Conference On Civil and Human Rights, argued,  “We are here to demand, not to ask, but to demand that the independence of our United States Supreme Court be protected from being mangled and mauled by someone whose administration does not appear to be committed to protecting the Constitutional rights of all of us.”

“We call on the United States Senate to reject this nomination,” said Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Justice Scalia was the leading conservative voice of the Supreme Court for decades.

Trump supporters believe the 49-year-old Gorsuch — a conservative intellectual, very much in the mold of Scalia — will do the same.

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  • Mario
    1 February 2017 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Gorsuch nomination into the SCOTUS, dictates the future of America. Trump won the election because he published his 21 conservative nominees for SC, American voters are tired of 8 yrs liberal lies from the Obama regime. Gorsuch, 49 yrs old, means SC will be conservative for the next 35-40 yrs.Our grandchildren will have a conservative ideas instead of liberal ideas. If Hillary should have won the Presidency ,she will appoint a liberal justice, the implication will be; 3rd bathroom in school,public place etc. Killing babies is legal, Arabic will be taught in school, Shiria Law will be implemented, Sex with animal will be legal, amend the 2nd Amendment resulted to confiscation of guns, destruction of Christianity etc. This morning on Live FOX news, Gorsuch swear and brought his own bible in front of VP Pence and Prez Trump stand behind.