President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court set off predictable howls of protest from Democratic lawmakers, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says.
"President Trump had barely finished nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rushed out a statement condemning him," Huckabee said on his blog MikeHuckabee.com.
"It read, in part: 'Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated a hostility toward women's rights, and most troubling, hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent Justice on the Court.'
"Question: How far in advance was that 'response' written, and how long did it take his secretary to fill Judge Gorsuch's name into the blank spaces?"
Huckabee, who ran for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination before bowing out and supporting Trump called the accusations "laughably predictable."
"The most hilarious part of this response is the claim that liberal Democrats like Sen. Schumer want a SCOTUS pick who 'eschews ideology, who will preserve our democracy, protect fundamental rights' and 'vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the Executive branch,'" Huckabee added.
He said that's exactly the "opposite of what liberals wanted," during President Barack Obama's term with the commander-in-chief appointing activist judges "who routinely rewrote the Constitution" and justified "plainly unconstitutional executive orders."
"Truth is, they love judges who rule based on their personal ideology, as long as it leans in one direction only: leftward," Huckabee said.
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