President Donald Trump predicted earlier this week evangelicals "will love my pick" for the Supreme Court, and based on the immediate reaction to Trump's nomination of 10th Circuit Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch, he was right.
Trump's remarks came earlier this week in an exclusive interview on The Brody File, in response to question from CBN host David Brody.
In a statement released immediately after Trump announced his choice Tuesday, Dr. James Dobson, the long-time host of the "Focus on the Family" radio program, said Trump's pick was encouraging.
"I thank God that if confirmed," he added, "this administration will have delivered on one of its most critical campaign promises to appoint a judge in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and the original intent of its framers."
Christian author and Kairos Company CEO Johnnie Moore told Newsmax, President Trump's choice "not only fulfilled his most important promise to the evangelical community in this selection, he has gone over and above by repeatedly doubling down on those issues most important to the community during his first 10 days as president."
"His endorsement of, and the administration's participation in the March for Life, coupled with his prompt attention to the Mexico City ruling were precursors to tonight's very good news," Moore added. "Should this nominee be confirmed, Scalia's legacy will live on for at least another generation. Evangelicals are ecstatic."
Moore's reaction was echoed by others in the evangelical community.
Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., remarked in a statement: "I commend our president for nominating a judge to the Supreme Court who appears to be someone who will protect the right to life."
"Judge Gorsuch will have big shoes to fill in replacing the late and revered Justice Antonin Scalia," he added. "As Jefferson so eloquently reminded us, the God who gave us life gave us liberty. So, I pray Judge Gorsuch never forgets to value each and every American as our Maker does."
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