People For the American Way

We Need a Supreme Court that Will Check Trump—Judge Gorsuch Won’t

Op-Ed

As part of our #StopGorsuch campaign, Marge Baker, People For the American Way’s executive vice president, wrote on Sunday for The Hill about the dangers that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch poses when what we need most in America is a fair independent judiciary. With all the rights and values that have come under attack during President Trump’s first few weeks alone, Americans clearly need a Supreme Court that will protect them and the Constitution—not a Trump Court.

Baker wrote:

…in order to get away with a dangerous agenda that tramples on Americans’ rights and values, President Trump will need a Supreme Court as extreme as he is. That’s a sentiment that should concern all of us, regardless of political affiliation.

Trump is looking for someone who will uphold his anti-democratic actions, and he clearly believes Gorsuch will do that. Our Supreme Court should never be a partisan entity rubber-stamping the agenda of an extreme president. Rather, it must play a central role in our checks-and-balances system that protects all of our fundamental constitutional rights.

This is always the responsibility of the Supreme Court. But when our rights, laws, and values are threatened by the actions of a president, it is more essential than ever before — and why the Senate must reject Judge Gorsuch’s nomination.

You can read her full op-ed here.