Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., is hailing the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court as "the most impactful thing that has happened to our nation for a long, long time" because it showed Republican lawmakers can effectively govern.
"Not only is it important because we need another conservative on there to take [Antonin] Scalia's place, but it is important because it teaches, I think, the GOP a lesson," the 2008 presidential candidate told Bill Tucker, guest host of Newsmax TV's "The Steve Malzberg Show."
"And that is that you can govern. You can actually do things that matter. . . . You don't have to run, you don't have to be afraid of what the media's going to say about you.
"The fact that [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell had the guts to actually turn down, essentially, the [President Barack] Obama nominee, [Merrick Garland] and say 'no we're not going to do this until the next president is elected.'"
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Tancredo said McConnell "knew what was in store for him; he knew the amount of criticism they were going to take."
After Donald Trump was elected president, Tancredo said, the new commander-in-chief laid out 21 potential appointees.
"Then he keeps his word and appoints perhaps the most conservative of the entire bunch," he told Tucker.
"They actually did it, something that we were not accustomed to. . . . If we can get these kinds of appointments to the Supreme Court and all of the lower courts . . . oh my goodness. What that means for America is almost impossible to actually draw a containment around. It's huge."
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