The Senate voted just before noon Friday to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Nation’s highest bench.
The vote, originally set for Friday evening, was moved up to the morning after Democrats agreed to wave part of the final debate period. Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick to replace conservative anchor of the Court, Justice Antonin Scalia, was confirmed by a vote of 54-45, with Democrats Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) joining a unanimous Republican Caucus.
Following the vote on that nuclear decision, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly high-fived his two aides and Majority Whip John Cornyn.
In the Democratic camp, things were a lot less jovial.
“It saddens me,” said Democratic Se. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, according to CNN. “No one should sleep well tonight.”
Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi – who was quite opposed to Gorsuch – was also not happy about Republicans going nuclear.
In a statement issued yesterday, Pelosi declared, “Senate Republicans resorted to extreme tactics in order to install a radical justice to the Supreme Court.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) April 6, 2017
Much of the triggering appears to have continued today following Gorsuch’s confirmation moments ago, with many liberals online expressing their anger.
@AP I’d like to tell McConnell where he can stick that thumb.
— jonathanjoseph (@jmj616) April 7, 2017
@AP Is it a case of an illegitimate president and his illegitimate justice?
— Jade Wu (@jadewu1776) April 7, 2017
@AP straight up bullshit. So much for democracy
— pK (@pK_solo1) April 7, 2017
@AP Accurate headline: Republicans reward their dark money pimps by pissing on constitution, stealing SCOTUS seat & putting big biz over people.
— Born2Rezist (@Born2Rezist) April 7, 2017
@AP This is bullsh*t and an affront to 200+ years of American tradition and democracy.
— Stevie-Marie (@steviedactyl) April 7, 2017
@AP More accurate headline: Senate cheats by changing rules to steal a SCOTUS seat.
— Disco Potential (@DiscoPotential) April 7, 2017
Republican senate just took us 300 years back, changing the rules to confirm the very rightwing conservative Gorsuch to the Supreme Court ????????
— Rose Bartu (@rosebartu) April 7, 2017
— Kara (@AcidKatMaow) April 7, 2017