President Trump said Judge Gorsuch possessed “outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, and tremendous discipline.”
“The qualifications of Judge Gorsuch are beyond dispute,” he added. “I only hope Democrats and Republicans can come together — for once — for the good of the country.”
The court of public opinion posted their reactions to the announcement on Twitter immediately.
Below are some of the notable politician and celebrity reactions to Judge Gorsuch’s nomination.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called him a “phenomenal nominee” and said he would “uphold the constitutional right of religious liberty.”
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) February 1, 2017
Ted Cruz added, “Our country desperately needs #SCOTUS justices who revere the Constitution and are willing to elevate it over their own personal preferences.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 1, 2017
Florida Representative Lois Frankel was one of the few dissenting voices to tweet immediately after the announcement, writing “[Republicans] hijacked @POTUS44‘s choice for #SCOTUS & now Trump is bowing to his extreme supporters. Gorsuch will tip court in a dangerous direction.
— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel) February 1, 2017
— Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) February 1, 2017
Celebrities were largely quiet, but a few use the occasion for humor.
’80s actor Judge Reinhold, tweeted a hilarious one message response: “crushed.”
— Judge Reinhold (@JudgeReinhold) February 1, 2017
Comedian Patton Oswalt posted, “Why is “Gorsuch” trending? Why the sudden interest in my D&D demi-liche necromancer character?”
Why is "Gorsuch" trending? Why the sudden interest in my D&D demi-liche necromancer character?
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 1, 2017
Mark Cuban had an idea of how Democrats could negotiate.