Feb 9, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Sasse backs up Blumenthal: Gorsuch didn't like Trump's tweets

Ben Sasse is backing up Democratic senator Richard Blumenthal against Donald Trump. Sasse said this morning that he heard a similar story from SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch on Trump's tweets criticizing U.S. judges.

The quote, per Sasse: Gorsuch said that "any attack on any brothers or sisters of the robe is an attack on all judges."

Background: Sen. Richard Blumenthal told reporters that Gorsuch called Trump's tweets against judges "disheartening" and "demoralizing."

"Behind closed doors, Judge Gorsuch expressed disappointment with President Trump's attacks on the judiciary, but a Supreme Court Justice must prove that he has the courage and independence to stand up to a President in public."

A spokesman later confirmed Blumenthal's claim with CNN.

The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017

Trump wasn't happy about it.

Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017

Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave "service" in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017

But Blumenthal got some backup on Morning Joe this morning, courtesy of Ben Sasse.

Sen. Ben Sasse just contradicted Trump, confirms Gorsuch's comments on @Morning_Joe: "He got pretty passionate about it." pic.twitter.com/tsPeQ156vs — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 9, 2017

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