Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch clarified his opinion of the function of the Supreme Court during a recent interview with CNN in which he asked if we “really want me to rule the country?” referencing the nation’s high court.
“It is a raucous republic and the battle of ideas is what our founders had in mind,” he said, arguing what they didn’t have in mind, “was nine old people in Washington sitting in robes telling everybody else how to live.”
Gorsuch, who was President Donald Trump’s first appointee to the Supreme Court, has been dependably to the right of center in his voting record since taking the position in 2017.
The recent addition to the court is now promoting a new book, “A Republic If You Can Keep It,” Gorsuch has been delving into some of his less popular opinions.
Gorsuch reflected on the journey that led him to his conformation and how he interprets his role as laid out by the constitution.
In the book, 52-year-old Gorsuch reflects on his journey to the Supreme Court and the role of the judge under the Constitution, as well as including a collection of essays and speeches.
“A bevy of cases awaits the Supreme Court when it returns from its summer recess on October 1, several of which touch on heated political topics – LGBT rights, the Second Amendment, immigration, abortion and health care,” The DailyMail reported.
“But a number of groups object to his interpretation of the judicial role, arguing it writes them out of the constitution and argue for a more liberal philosophy that the document should evolve with time.”
Gorsuch doesn’t agree with that assessment, however, and said so in his interview:
“I say the country is owned by We The People. We wrote a Constitution, we put down what we wanted to put in it,” Gorsuch told CNN. “We can amend it when we wish and it is not up to nine people to tell 330 million Americans how to live.”
In response to those who criticize that approach, Gorsuch sternly advised: “I say get involved. This is a republic. This is not a tyranny of a few.”
The high court judge also had a dim view of those who believe that judges are “politicians in robes,” saying, “That’s just radically inconsistent with my lived experience as a lawyer and a judge.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.