Watch FIRED UP Bernie Sanders Angrily Denounce Trump’s SCOTUS Pick Gorsuch As ‘Too Extreme’
Sanders goes on the attack
Sen. Bernie Sanders was in take down mode on Tuesday when he launched a blistering attack on Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, The Week reports.
“After meeting with Judge Gorsuch and having a long and pleasant conversation, after hearing his testimony before the Judiciary Committee, and after carefully reviewing his record, I have concluded I cannot support a man with his views for a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court,” Sanders said in a stinging rebuke.
He followed that up by citing some of Gorsuch’s “views” and added that decisions made by Supreme Court justices, “even on a 5-4 vote, have a profound impact on all Americans, on our environment, and on our way of life.” The Independent Senator from Vermont ripped Gorsuch on a number of other fronts as well — from his opinion on voting rights and campaign financing to his decisions regarding abortion, workers’ rights, and corporate oligarchy.
Sanders assailed Gorsuch on one instance in particular — a case involving TransAmTrucking. In this case, Gorsuch argued “a trucker was properly fired by his employer for abandoning his cargo at the side of a road after his truck broke down and he nearly froze to death waiting for help.”
“Judge Gorsuch literally believed this man should have had to choose between his life and his job, and by choosing his life, not freezing to death, he deserved to lose his job,” Sanders said.
Arguing fervently, Sanders’ voice grew hoarse, He cleared his throat and soldiered on, describing ways that Gorsuch could make our lives much harder, Alternet reports.
Sanders elaborated on these four points:
- Citizens United. Sanders decried the Supreme Court’s ruling.
“Seven years ago, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in a case called Citizens United… the court said that billionaires and corporations could spend as much money as they wanted on the political process,” Sanders said.
This meant “the wealthiest people in our country today [like the Koch brothers] can now elect candidates who represent their interests and not the interests of ordinary Americans.”
And because of his talk with Gorsuch, Sanders said he doubts Trump’s nominee will vote to overturn this decision.
- The Voting Rights Act. The Senator also doesn’t believe Gorsuch will vote to overturn this act either.
“Everybody knows this intentionally [was] designed to make it harder for people of color, for poor people, for young people, for older people to vote in elections in America,” he said.
- Roe v. Wade. This decision has been affirmed in dozens of cases, but despite that “Judge Gorsuch refused to state if he believed Roe v. Wade was good law and should be upheld,” Sanders said.
“There is a strong likelihood that Judge Gorsuch would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and deny the women of this country the constitutional right to control their own bodies,” he noted.
- The Rights of Workers v. Corporations. Referring to the infamous TransAmTrucking case mentioned above, Sanders had this to say:
“We need a Supreme Court justice who will protect workers rights and not just worry about corporate profits,” Sanders said. “Judge Gorsuch is not that person.”
The Senator also took time to deride Trump, whose campaign was heavily financed by conservative hedge fund billionaires Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, according to Raw Story. Several people in Trump’s Cabinet have ties to the Mercers, including KellyAnne Conway and Steve Bannon.
“What the Republican leadership is striving towards is eliminating all campaign finance restrictions such that billionaires can say to somebody , ‘I’m going to give you $500 million to run for United States Senate for California, and you work for me, no independent expenditures,” Sanders said. “I will select your campaign manager, your speech writer, your media writer, your pollster — you are my employee. That’s what the Republican leadership here wants.”
He also criticized the Republicans for lacking common sense after spending most of their time obstructing President Obama’s judicial picks and then threatening to destroy Senate rules so they could push through Trump’s nominee.
“I would suggest to the Republican leader that instead of trying to push this nominee through with 50-some-odd votes, it might make more sense, rather than changing the rule, change the nominee and bring forth somebody, who in fact, can get 60 votes,” he said.
For anyone who values their freedom, Gorsuch is a poor choice and the words of this feisty Vermont senator make that fact even more convincing. Kudos to Bernie Sanders for bringing these facts to light.
You can watch Sanders shred Gorsuch in the video below.
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