Trump Picks Ultra Conservative Supreme Court Nominee

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FEATURING DAVID DAYEN – Judge Neil Gorsuch is Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, to replace the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia last year. Gorsuch’s ultra conservative credentials make him an ideal pick for Trump’s rightwing base and for his fellow Republican lawmakers who blocked President Obama’s right to appoint a replacement Justice.

Gorsuch certainly has the professional credentials to be a Supreme Court justice. But his seat on the nation’s highest court will maintain a long-standing right wing stranglehold on the court. Trump has urged Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to change the rules if needs to, in order to confirm Gorsuch to the court, and rely on what he called the “nuclear option.”

The Republican Party arrived at this point through unprecedented political obstructionism. Now, they are feigning anger at any Democratic attempt to do the same.

David Dayen, contributor to the Nation and The Intercept, and a weekly columnist for the Fiscal Times. His new book is called Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud.