At one point during the Gorsuch hearing, Franken asked Gorsuch about how Republicans treated Obama’s SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland.
Gorsuch declined to answer, telling Franken he has a “canon of ethics” that prevents him from getting political. That was not something Franken could handle.
“There is a reason why judges don’t clap at the State of the Union, and why I can’t even attend a political caucus in my home state to register a vote in the equivalent of a primary,” Gorsuch said.
Franken, visibly frustrated, decided to lecture Gorsuch on what’s “like, in the Constitution,” which is HILARIOUS.
“I think you’re allowed to talk about what happened to the last guy that was nominated in your position,” Franken said. “You’re allowed to say something without getting involved in politics. You can express an opinion on this.”
“Senator, I appreciate the invitation, but I know the other side has their views of this, and your side has your views of it. That, by definition, is politics. And Senator, judges have to stay outside of politics,” Gorsuch responded.
“I think the world of Merrick Garland,” Gorsuch added. “I think he’s an outstanding judge.”
Franken continued to act like a a jerk and you can see it start around the 50 second mark:
Some people thought it was an eye roll.
— Maggie (@drillanwr) March 21, 2017
Neil Gorsuch's eyeroll toward @SenFranken was palpable. We all are Neil Gorsuch right now.
— DangerZone (@dtom_dangerzone) March 21, 2017
— American Brenda (@bcnaturelady) March 21, 2017