WASHINGTON ― Two U.S. senators, Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), say President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has refused to meet with them in the weeks leading up to his confirmation vote.
Both senators noted this detail in statements this week announcing they plan to vote against him.
“Unfortunately, Judge Gorsuch has not made the effort to meet with me in person to answer the serious questions I have about his record and he in fact cancelled a meeting we had previously scheduled,” Duckworth said. “I refuse to vote to end debate on a nominee who refuses to provide any answers to my questions.”
“Unfortunately, after requesting a meeting with the Judge for several weeks, he has refused to honor this request,” Cortez Masto said. “The U.S. Constitution has entrusted the Senate with the role of advising the President on the highest court of the land and in refusing to meet with me, he has disrespected our nation’s founding principles and pillars core to our democratic institutions.”
In Duckworth’s case, the two had a meeting scheduled on a Wednesday, but Gorsuch canceled and did not provide any dates or times that worked for him to reschedule. Duckworth’s office “made multiple efforts and offered multiple times/dates for both the first meeting and for rescheduling after the cancellation,” according to her office, but Gorsuch didn’t follow up.
“If Judge Gorsuch had wanted to meet with the Senator, he shouldn’t have cancelled their meeting without offering any additional times that worked for him,” Duckworth spokesman Ben Garmisa said via email.
Cortez Masto spokesman Rey Benitez said Gorsuch’s team told her office it had to justify why the Supreme Court nominee should meet with the senator.
“They said, ‘Give us a good reason why the judge should sit down with the senator,’” Benitez said. “That’s ridiculous that they’re asking us to do that. She’s a U.S. senator and she’s trying to do her job.”
Another Democratic senator, Kamala Harris (Calif.), did not meet with Gorsuch either. She never got an offer to meet with him, per her office.
Contrary to popular opinion, thanks to a number of important victories this November there will be a record 21 female senators serving in the upper house in 2017. And that’s not the only way women are making history in the U.S. Capitol. The incoming Senate will also seat a record number of women of color.
honestly, amy @lesbianslovelouis is an awful person and a huge hypocrite. she throws a fit over how dare brett think she might own one hate website when in actuality, she owns other hate websites and he just didn’t pick the right one. hate websites she uses to post lies about briana, freddie, tammi, brett, louis, harry, danielle, jay, fizzy, lottie, anyone you can think of that she can somehow work into the “stunt narrative” she is trying so hard to push.
but the minute someone tells brett “hey this grown ass woman is posting hate about you and your family” she gets defensive and talks about how anyone posting any information about her on the internet she deems false is suddenly slanderous when literally the only reason she has followers is posting false information about other people.
not to mention the god complex she has. she thinks that she can email one direction’s lawyers and have them come to bat for her against brett because she must honestly think she is more important to them as a woman on the internet than louis is. because why would one direction lawyers fight for amy because ~babygate~ but not defend louis himself from being “trapped”
there’s so much about amy that is despicable. the dehumanization of freddie, the making up fantasies of danielle and freddie dying and laughing about it, the instagrams and websites she has taken money & products from teenagers for that she created to mock freddie, briana, danielle, and louis, her harassment of kayla @mysticalharry who is twenty years younger than her and asked her to delete her pictures from amy’s blog and amy refused, etc.
if you support amy, you are a bad person. end all. you can go around calling antis “trump supporters” all you want, but when it comes down to it, amy is literally the donald trump of this fandom: scamming people out of money, saying disgusting things about real people because they don’t fit the fantasy in her head, and then turning around and playing the victim card any time someone dare call her out on her misbehavior and try and hide behind her charitable acts.
and i am 100% not afraid to say this, because i would rather be called a “stalker” by the larries who actually stalk real life people and wish harm upon them than be complicit in how the fandom lets amy act.
let’s get the obvious of the way: this is not a post i wanted to write.
the post i wanted to write: a moment enshrined in history. not just because this country would have elected its first female president, but because it would have sent a message to the far right populism happening all across the globe: this far and no further. despite all the bigotry that’s already occurred i wanted to believe that we would stop short of legitimizing it, and then–well. freedom for America, freedom for France, right? it’s an immigrant’s greatest dream, that the first and last beacon of progress would be paid forward.
this is not a post i wanted to write. but to avert my eyes from the shameful, treasonous things that happened on Tuesday would, i think, compound the injustices that have already been committed.