President Donald Trump said on Twitter Thursday morning that Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) “misrepresented” the remarks made by Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.
“Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him,” Trump said.
Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
Trump’s remarks on social media come after Blumenthal told Anderson Cooper on CNN Wednesday that Gorsuch called Trump’s tweets against another federal judge “demoralizing” and “disheartening.”
Trump publicly criticized a federal judge in Seattle after the judge issued an order which prevented any federal agency from enforcing Trump's executive order banning the issuance of visas from seven countries.
“Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad,” Trump tweeted. “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!
Blumenthal told Cooper in an interview that after Gorsuch confessed he found the tweets troubling, Blumenthal urged him to voice his concerns publicly.
"I asked Judge Gorsuch to make that statement publicly, and he declined,” Blumenthal said.
However, Ron Bonjean, a spokesman for Gorsuch later confirmed Gorsuch’s comments labeling the tweets as “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) seemed to bolster Blumenthal’s claim on MSNBC Thursday morning. Speaking with morning show host Joe Scarborough, Sasse said he met with Gorsuch and Gorsuch got very passionate about the matter. “He said any attack on any…brothers or sister of the robe is an attack on all judges,” Sasse said.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) February 9, 2017