Reports surfaced this week that accused Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch of denying the requests of Democratic senators to meet with him.
Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said this week that Gorsuch has not met with them, despite their requests to do so. Subsequently, people quickly drew dots and accused Gorsuch of being racist and sexist because he allegedly wasn't meeting with women of color.
"They literally said, give me a good reason why the judge should go sit down with the senator," said a Cortez Masto spokesperson. "It is disappointing that a judge who is nominated to a lifetime appointment refuses to sit down with a United States senator whose job it is to advise and consent on his confirmation."
Maybe just sloppiness by Team Gorsuch. But doesn't look great that he won't meet with women of color in the Senate. https://t.co/wNSeReZh9O— Jennifer Bendery (@Jennifer Bendery)1490984457.0
#Gorsuch has 2 mtgs with Manchin - white man. Doesn't meet with Senators Duckworth and Cortez Masto - women of color...? #StopGorsuch— Courtney Hight (@Courtney Hight)1490919756.0
However, according to Politico, that isn't exactly the whole story.
While Gorsuch is being accused of refusing to meet with women senators of color, a Gorsuch spokesperson told Politico that Gorsuch's team has reached out to Cortez Masto's office to schedule a meeting and has presumably done the same for Duckworth and Harris.
Instead of "refusing" to meet with Cortez Masto, Gorsuch spokesman Ron Bonjean told Politico that both camps have been working together to find a date that works for both Gorsuch and Cortez Masto.
"In early February, the White House nominations team reached out to Senator Cortez Masto requesting that a meeting be scheduled," Borjean said. "The judge was more than willing to meet with the senator and both sides have been trying to find a mutually agreeable date that would work."
"Judge Gorsuch has met with nearly 80 senators," he reiterated.
Democrats, it appears, are willing to do almost anything to try and tarnish Gorsuch ahead of a full Senate vote on his confirmation later this month. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) made up a complete lie earlier this week in an effort to rip Gorsuch.
So far, only two Democrats have pledged to not vote against Gorsuch's nomination, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Manchin (W.V.). This despite Gorsuch receiving a unanimous Senate confirmation to be an appellate court justice in 2006.