WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:
“President Trump abhors independence and in Neil Gorsuch, he nominated the rubber stamp he wants on the Supreme Court.
This week, people from every walk of life came together in communities nationwide to tell the President that his overreaching, his bigotry, and his narrow view of what it means to be an American will not be tolerated.
Our independent courts, too, have stepped up against presidential overreach. But this president doesn’t like independence from his narrow agenda.
He’s tried to delegitimize millions of votes in the last election, minimize the media, and bully anyone who speaks out against his agenda. This nomination is just another play to neuter the independence of the courts.
During his over 10 years on the federal bench, Gorsuch has proven to be a conservative ideologue who has consistently ruled against civil rights, women’s rights, and workers’ rights. And he has expounded a judicial philosophy that would prevent the federal government from properly enforcing countless acts of Congress.
The president could have nominated an independent or consensus candidate for this seat, someone like Merrick Garland, whose record has proven to be unimpeachable.
Instead he chose Neil Gorsuch to be a rubber stamp and yet another ‘yes man’ for this administration.”
Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.