Meet the Democrats who are already opposing Trump’s SCOTUS nominee

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CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Just minutes after President Trump announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to the Supreme Court seat that Republicans held open until Trump could fill it, several Democratic senators had already announced that they will not support this nominee.

Sens. Sherrod Brown (OH) and Ron Wyden (OR) became the first to publicly oppose Gorsuch on Tuesday night.

Brown and Wyden are joined by three of their colleagues, Sens. Jeff Merkley (OR), Ed Markey (MA), and Elizabeth Warren (MA).

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and former Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) also have strong statements against Gorsuch — although they fall short of outright opposition:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) took a similar approach:

Gorsuch’s record suggests that he will be a very conservative justice, possibly even to the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s right. Gorsuch sided against women whose bosses object to birth control in the Hobby Lobby case, and he invoked an unusual process to try to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood.

He also is the judiciary’s leading proponent of weakening a longstanding doctrine that requires judges to defer to most federal regulation action, a top priority of both lobbying groups for big business and the conservative Federalist Society.

This piece has been updated to include additional senators.