The backlash of President Donald Trump's executive orders needed a distraction, and the Supreme Court nomination of Colorado appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch came just in time, perhaps by design, GOP lawmakers told Politico on Wednesday.
"It's nice to be able to change the subject," Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., told Politico.
President Trump moved up Judge Gorsuch's announcement from Thursday to Tuesday – "because he wanted to," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said – something not lost on Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
"It may well have been a White House decision to move the nomination of the justice of the Supreme Court up a day or two just to change the topic, rather than wait until Thursday," King told Politico.
"Now we're focused on confirmation of a new justice. . . . It's good to change the topic, the rhythm, and change it to something that is very positive for the constitutionalists and the rule-of-law people in America."
President Trump's administration has gotten off to a rocky start, including battles with the media and numerous protests, but the GOP support behind Judge Gorsuch is much more clear and positive. President Trump "wants to get a lot done in a short period of time," Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., told Politico.
"Every now and then he’s going to step into a pile of horse manure," Griffith added. "Overall, he's heading us in the right direction. The Supreme Court is a good point."
Rep. King said the Judge Gorsuch diversion will not stop Trump's opposition or other drama going forward.
"I think President Trump is going to have to deal with these flare-ups and demonstrations because they're organized and called for by leaders," King added.
"I think we are going to have a demonstration a week until it dies down or they run out of funding."
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