During an interview with CNN’s Ariane de Vogue on Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch refused to get political and bash President Donald Trump, despite de Vogue’s persistent baiting.
Though de Vogue was interviewing Mr. Gorsuch on the release of his new book “A Republic If You Can Keep It,” a large portion of the interview was predictably spent searching for a sound bite to pin against President Trump.
Last fall, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a very rare statement because the president of the President of the United States was attacking judges. And the president doubled-down afterwords, and said, “Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have ‘Obama judges,’ and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country.” Do the attacks on those judges threaten the rule of law?
Gorsuch bucked the politics and emphasized how strong the rule of law is in the United States, which he later referred to as a “wonder” and the “envy of the world.”
“What I say to that is, the rule of law in this country is strong — strong and stable. And we are very fortunate. We shouldn’t forget how fortunate we are. And we shouldn’t forget how fortunate we are, we should take care with what we have. It’s a great inheritance. And I would say to anybody who questions what a wonderful inheritance we have in our courts and the rule of law in this country: Go spend six weeks in a court in another country, of your choice, and come back and tell me what you think about our courts in this country.”
“And what would you say to somebody who attacks judges,” de Vogue pressed, again referencing President Trump. “And also, what does that do for the safety of judges? … I think that these attacks are important. Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently said these are age-old, but judges can’t defend themselves.”
“Well, I think I’m doing a pretty good job of it now with you in explaining, I hope, the role of law, the role of judges in our country, and why I think we have something very special that we forget, at our risk,” Gorsuch continued. “Is it easy to take for granted? Is it easy to forget what a gift we have? Of course it is. I hear young people, for example, say, ‘I’m a citizen of the world.'”
“Do we have our problems? Of course,” Gorsuch said later in the interview as he continued to reject the political questioning. “We are enormously blessed and lucky,” he noted.
“The rule of law in this country is one of the wonders of the world,” he told de Vogue. “Step back and look at the forest.”
The Supreme Court justice went on to marvel that the highest court only hears some 70 cases a year — a paltry amount, in the grand scheme of the entire federal judicial docket.
“The stability of our law, the predictability of our law, the uniformity of our law is a wonder of the world and it’s an envy of the world,” he said, adding: “I’m hugely optimistic about the rule of law.”