McConnell: I share Gorsuch's concerns about attacks on judges

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFive issues that will define the months until the midterms  Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE (R-Ky.) says he agrees with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch that attacks on individual judges are “demoralizing.”

“I happen to agree with what [Gorsuch] said,” McConnell said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe."

"I mean I think, you know, criticizing members of the judiciary individually is not a good idea.”

McConnell added he is pleased that President Trump picked Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.


“I think the Supreme Court nominee was superb,” he said. "I think [Trump] picked the single most outstanding circuit judge in America to be on the Supreme Court.”

Gorsuch last week reportedly called Trump’s tweets attacking a federal judge “disheartening” and “demoralizing” during a meeting with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).

Trump on Feb. 4 called Judge James Robart a “so-called judge” for issuing a “ridiculous” nationwide restraining order on the president’s executive order on immigration.

Trump’s order imposed a 90-day ban on visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations, a move which critics say violates the First Amendment's religious freedom clause.

The measure also froze general refugee admissions into the U.S. for 120 days, indefinitely pausing Syrian refugees due to that country's ongoing civil war.

Gorsuch’s spokeswoman last week denied his comments directly referenced Trump, insisting they were “not in reference to any specific case."