The "justice" editor at liberal media outlet ThinkProgress was trolled by Republicans on Twitter Friday after he claimed that Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is not a "legitimate" Supreme Court justice.
Gorsuch was confirmed Friday by a vote of 54-45 after the Republican majority mirrored a Democratic strategy employed in 2013 to lower the number of required votes to confirm judicial nominees. Only three Democrats voted in-favor of Gorsuch's nomination.
Still, Democrats were aghast. They believe Republicans "stole" the vacant Supreme Court seat from former President Barack Obama, who last year nominated Merrick Garland to replace the seat left vacant by the late Antonin Scalia. Republicans vowed to not confirmed whomever Obama nominated and made good on that promise by not giving Garland even a single Senate hearing last year.
"Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, concede that Neil Gorsuch is a legitimate member of the Supreme Court," ThinkProgress editor Ian Millhiser wrote on Twitter Friday after Gorsuch's confirmation.
What followed was a series of hilarious trolling tweets, many of them mocking Millhiser for "crying" and being a "baby":
@imillhiser You are going to be saying that for 30-40 years, enjoy— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) April 7, 2017
@imillhiser Poor widdle baby.— Hube (@ColossusRhodey) April 7, 2017
.@imillhiser Except, you know, he is. Practice saying it: "Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch." Go on. Say it. Because he is. And Garland isn't.— Lady L. North (@LadyLNorth) April 7, 2017
Someone even reminded Millhiser that Gorsuch likely won't be the last Supreme Court justice that President Donald Trump gets to nominate to the court:
@imillhiser Life time appointment! Now it's time to replace Ginsberg! I can't wait!— Bobbie Sue (@SuePickles80) April 7, 2017
While another pointed out that Gorsuch won the "popular vote," an argument many on the Left made when Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in last year's presidential election and therefore should have been president over Trump:
No word yet if Millhiser believes the dozens of lower court justices approved by the Senate in 2013 are "legitimate" after then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) changed Senate rules to lower the number of required votes to confirm them.