About 50 residents and local officials gathered outside the Phoenix Municipal Court on Saturday morning to voice their concerns and dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
The downtown Phoenix demonstration was part of a nationwide effort dubbed “the People’s Filibuster,” which sought to unite Americans concerned by Trump’s agenda and his nomination of Gorsuch. Representatives from groups including Planned Parenthood and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees were present as Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo and Sen. Juan Mendez, D-Tempe, spoke.
Attendees waved signs critical of the administration and jeered Trump when his name was invoked.
“We are millions of Americans who have stood up to say ‘We object,’ ” Mendez said. “And we can all work to stop this Supreme Court nomination.”
Trump announced Gorsuch’s nomination in January, nearly a year after the death of longstanding Justice Antonin Scalia. President Barack Obama attempted to fill the Supreme Court vacancy with federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland last year, but Senate Republicans, who hold a 52-seat majority, blocked Garland from nomination.
Gorsuch, 49, sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and could potentially restore a 5-4 conservative balance that was lost when Scalia died. He is most known for his ruling opposing…
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