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Liberal Critics: Gorsuch’s Speaking Tour a Partisan ‘Victory Lap’

By Mark Swanson

Liberals are voicing their displeasure that new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s recent and upcoming speaking events are nothing more than a glorified partisan “victory lap,” The Washington Post reported.

This week, Gorsuch will speak at a conservative legal scholarship gathering at the Trump Hotel in Washington, touching off a nerve with liberals who say it proves Gorsuch isn’t the independent jurist he passed himself off to be, the Post reported.

Thursday’s speech comes on the heels of Gorsuch’s travels across Kentucky with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose block of then President Barack Obama opened the door for Gorsuch on the High Court once President Donald Trump got elected.

“Whether or not this breaks any explicit ethics rules, it is certainly not the behavior you’d expect from someone trying to ensure the appearance and reality of judicial independence and impartiality,” Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center, told the Post.

“Gorsuch traveling around with the Republican Senate majority leader in what seems to be a sort of victory lap appears disturbingly out of step with the (Chief Justice John Roberts’) sentiment” that there aren’t conservative or liberal jurists, Wydra told the Post.

All that is sour grapes cloaked in a desperate attempt to shade Gorsuch before his first full term even begins.

“Some critics seem to be indulging their own sensitivities rather than judging Justice Gorsuch by the same neutral rules that apply to other justices,” Edward Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, told the Post.

Conservative jurists speak at conservative forums; liberal justices speak at liberal events.

“Is this any different from speeches and events Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg attends on a regular basis?” Jonathan Adler, a Case Western University law professor, told the Post.

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