In what was described as an “explosion” by one aide, an angry President Trump nearly pulled Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Trump and his devotees have continuously touted Gorsuch as one of Trump’s premiere achievements, so what was so bad that Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch almost didn’t happen?
Apparently, Gorsuch made some remarks that hurt his feelings.
According to a new report from the Washington Post:
Trump considered pulling the nomination, afraid that Gorsuch wouldn’t be “loyal” to him. He also told aides that he knew of other judges who would want the position.
Gorsuch had told Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in a meeting that he believed Trump’s attacks on the judicial system were “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”
The courts were an early target of Trump’s Twitter rages. When the courts put a halt to Trump’s travel ban, he responded badly and various judges found themselves being singled out.
The new president was also upset because he felt Gorsuch hadn’t displayed what he considered an adequate show of gratitude.
White House legislative affairs director Marc Short apparently found a letter Gorsuch had written to the president that had not made it to his desk, yet.
The letter was apparently so nice, it calmed Trump down.
“Your address to Congress was magnificent. And you were so kind to recognize Mrs. Scalia, remember the justice, and mention me,” the letter read, according to The Post. “My teenage daughters were cheering the TV!”
Really, a little praise is all it takes.
Of course, the White House is pushing back against the report.
“At no point did the president consider withdrawing Justice Gorsuch’s nomination. He is very proud of the accomplishment,” spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement to The Post.
We know he’s proud of it. He keeps talking about it.
That call for loyalty sounds a little too familiar, however.