Penny Nance on Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Choice for the Supreme Court

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Statement by Concerned Women for America President & CEO Penny Nance on a press conference call alongside Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life Committee, and the Ethics & Public Policy Center, the night of President Trump’s announcement of Judge Neil Gorsuch as his choice for the U.S. Supreme Court.

This is a great night for those of us who love the Constitution and who, like John Adams, believe in “a government of laws and not men,” because President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch — someone who, like Scalia, has demonstrated a consistent commitment to the Constitution as written and a willingness to show the judicial restraint necessary to follow through on that commitment.

That’s what we need in a justice of the Supreme Court, someone who embraces the limited role that he has been nominated for, instead of someone looking to impose their personal policy preferences through judicial decrees.

Everyone should support a judge like this.

Judge Gorsuch has been praised for his keen legal intellect and compelling writing style, which many compare to Scalia, but I’d like to also emphasize his distinguished record in the area of religious liberty.

His involvement in both the Hobby Lobby case and the Little Sisters of the Poor case (that was so important to the women I represent) was exemplary.  His opinions leave no doubt that he has a clear, strong, and honest constitutional foundation that drives his judicial philosophy.  And that’s all we can ask for.

We commend President Trump for keeping his word.  This appointment was a big reason why conservative women supported him overwhelmingly, and we are pleased to see him follow through on his commitment to them.

Now it’s time for the Senate to do its part.  I hope we do not see the same type of partisan bickering that has overtaken many in Congress who can’t seem to accept the results of the election.

Due diligence in examining Judge Gorsuch’s record is warranted and desirable — Concerned Women for America will also study his record carefully — but the sort of maliciousness with which some of the president’s nominees have been treated up until now is shameful and, frankly, embarrassing.

If any senator is inclined to engage in that sort of political character assassination, he or she should beware.  Concerned Women for America’s hundreds of thousands of member, more than 400 chapters and 34 college chapters around the country will be completely engaged on this nomination, and we will use all the resources at our disposal to make sure their constituents are aware of everything concerning this important fight.

Penny was also “live” on Facebook for the event, so you can watch the entire conference below and get a sort of behind the scenes look, alongside Penny’s commentary.