Pelosi calls Trump's Supreme Court nominee a 'hostile appointment'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) panned President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, calling him a "hostile appointment." 

“This is a very bad decision, well outside the mainstream of American political thought,” she said of Judge Neil Gorsuch during a CNN town hall Tuesday. "It’s a very hostile appointment.”

“Elections have ramifications, and here is a living, breathing representation of it,” added Pelosi.


Pelosi said House Democrats would support their Senate counterparts in how they handle the nomination — some have expressed openness to his nomination, while others, such as Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights Harris seeks Iowa edge with army of volunteers MORE (D-Mass.), are already prepared to vote against him.

“Where the Senate leadership comes down is of course up to them. [But] that is our litmus test, the Constitution of the United States.”

Trump late Tuesday selected Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the nation’s highest court.

The president’s choice sets up a nasty confirmation fight between Democrats and Republicans, who will need at least eight Democrats to cross the aisle. 

“Millions of voters said this was the single most important issue to them, and I am a man of my word and will do what I say, something the American people have been asking of Washington for a very long time,” Trump said while introducing Gorsuch in the White House’s East Wing.

“I hope Senate Democrats and Republicans can come together for once for the good of the country,” he added.

Gorsuch, a well-respected conservative who sits on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, will likely face an uphill confirmation fight.

Senate Democrats have not forgiven their Republican counterparts for stonewalling Merrick Garland, former President Obama’s nominee, last year.

Trump repeatedly promised on the 2016 campaign trail that he would nominate a conservative like Scalia if elected president.

Gorsuch would fill out a Supreme Court evenly split between conservatives and liberals if confirmed.