During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Judge Nail Gorsuch, one Democratic Senator revealed that a Democrat will say just about anything to oppose Trump’s SCOTUS pick. Senator Feinstein had a huge meltdown over Gorsuch’s philosophy of looking “to the original public meaning of the Constitution when they decide what a provision of the Constitution means.” Ummm?
“This is personal, but I find this originalist judicial philosophy to be really troubling. In essence, it means the judges and courts should evaluate our constitutional rights and privileges as they were understood in 1789,” explained Feinstein.
“However, to do so, would not only ignored the intent of the framers, that the Constitution would be a framework on which to build, but it severely limit the genius of what our Constitution upholds. I firmly believe the American Constitution is a living document, intended to evolve as our country evolves,” she explained.
“In 1789, a population of the United States was under 4 million. Today, we’re 325 million and growing. At the time of our founding, African-Americans were enslaved. it was not so long after women had been burned at the stake for witchcraft, and the idea of an automobile, let alone the Internet, was unfathomable,” she continued.
“In fact, if we were to dogmatically adhere to originalist interpretations, then we would still have segregated schools and bans on interracial marriage, women wouldn’t be entitled to equal protection under the law, and government discrimination against LGBT Americans would be permitted. So I am concerned when I hear that Judge Gorsuch is an originalist and a strict constructionist,” said Feinstein. Just look at the amused looks on Gorsuch’s face while she talks. Check out the video below.