Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) appears to be confused over what a judge's job is.
The liberal senator took to Twitter Friday to explain why she would be voting "no" to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch when the full Senate gets to vote on his nomination later next month.
"Judge Gorsuch has consistently valued legalisms over real lives. I won't support his nomination," Harris tweeted Friday, linking to an op-ed she wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle detailing her decision.
Judge Gorsuch has consistently valued legalisms over real lives. I won't support his nomination. https://t.co/7SLAOI6MXx— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris)1490362698.0
In the op-ed, Harris wrote: "Judge Gorsuch’s record also shows he’s willing to favor corporations over the American people. He believes companies can impose their religious views on employees and deny women birth-control coverage. And he has been hostile toward federal agencies that protect American workers and consumers."
However, in the op-ed, Harris didn't really explain what she meant by "legalisms."
Still, during his hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, Gorsuch explained that his rulings on the Supreme Court would be based not on his personal feelings or political views, but rather the Constitution and the law — which may be what Harris says she doesn't like.
Naturally, though, Twitter had a field day with Harris' remarks:
@SenKamalaHarris legalisms? Surely your interns could have come up with a better way to attack a judge tasked with upholding the law.— Andrew Wagner (@andrewwagner) March 25, 2017
.@SenKamalaHarris Legalisms, also known as the rule of law, often protect us from amoral power-mad politically ambitious prosecutors.— Popehat on Tapp (@Popehat) March 24, 2017
@SenKamalaHarris I'm guessing you never really understood why "Lady Justice" is blindfolded?— Josh Walrath (@JoshDWalrath) March 24, 2017
@SenKamalaHarris You mean he respects the actual law and doesn't insert his personal interpretations or opinions? It's like he's a real judge or something!— Chelsey (@Chelsie_Elsie) March 24, 2017
@SenKamalaHarris Good to know you don't value the constitution which is the bedrock of the greatest system anywhere. Every Dem unanimous supported last time— Texas Banker (@TexasConsBanker) March 24, 2017
Harris' comments are concerning given that prior to being elected to the Senate, she was attorney general of California, where her job was to uphold and defend the law.