Supreme Court Justice: This is why
If you wondered why President Donald Trump was able to mobilize the type of support he did in winning the election to the office of President, look no further than this week's Supreme Court nominee in Neil Gorsuch.
The appointment of Gorsuch, a conservative judge and "in the mold of Antonin Scalia" was a defining issue in this election and one that Trump made good on, following through on his promises leading up to his election.
Trump's no nonsense approach and his rapid pace at which he is moving and shaking things in Washington is shaking the nation, ruffling the media and hopefully working to make right a political system and structure that is ripe for reform.
But his appointment of Gorsuch seals the deal for many who voted for him, despite criticism. Is, "I told you so," necessary at this point? Not yet. But selecting a justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia means conservative values, dignity of all life, including that in the womb and values that reflect the majority of America, not a liberal ideology from a miniority of people who choose to make their voices appear louder than the rest of us and have certain media entities on their side to amplify their message.
Christianity Today contributor Ed Stetzer, who opposed Trump's refugee ban, spoke out in support of his decision to appoint Gorsuch,
"James Carville famously said, during the Bill Clinton campaign, “It’s the economy, stupid.” For many Trump-voting Evangelicals, it was the Supreme Court."
Evangelical leader Franklin Graham also spoke leading up to the November 8 election that the Supreme Court was the issue in this election. Graham responded on social media writing,
“He said he was going to appoint a conservative, and that’s exactly what he has done in selecting Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court."
Graham led a 50 state tour leading up to the 2016 election. When Trump was elected, Graham responded, "It was God." He continued praising Trump's selection of Gorsuch writing,
“From all that I have read and from his track record, Judge Gorsuch is an excellent choice whose decisions will be guided by the original intentions of the U.S. Constitution and who will not try to legislate from the bench.”
Stetzer emphasized in his response that this was a key issue for evangelicals and Trump followed through, "In fact, in a Christianity Today article, 70% of white Evangelical voters said the Supreme Court appointment was a top election concern, listing among others terrorism, the economy, immigration, foreign policy, gun control, and health care. The Supreme Court nomination is a critical position to fill in light of the changing political and societal changes we have been facing."
Photo: Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, center arrives for a meeting with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 in Washington. Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire walks with Gorsuch at left. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)