As Gorsuch was sworn in by Justice Kennedy, President Trump heaped tons of praise on Justice Kennedy, seemingly trying to coax the Justice into retirement.
A man of superlatives and little subtlety, President Trump laid it on thick during the swearing in of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. But his praise of the judge was more than just a victory lap. It was part of an ongoing campaign to charm Justice Anthony Kennedy into retirement.
Speaking from the Rose Garden, Trump was careful to note the unique relationship of the two justices, a connection that could make the president’s next Supreme Court nominee possible.
Trump called the swearing-in ceremony “a very, very special moment.” He might as well have called it a historic opportunity. That’s because Gorsuch began his legal career by clerking for Kennedy and, as Trump noted, “it’s a fitting testament to Justice Kennedy’s impact that upon giving the oath to Judge Gorsuch, he’ll become the first ever Supreme Court justice to serve with one of his former clerks.”
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