Gorsuch: Those who don't have 'great confidence in America' should 'look elsewhere'

Supreme Court Justice Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchLoaded poll questions harm civil discourse Grassley to take back Judiciary gavel if GOP keeps Senate in 2020 Brent Budowsky: SCOTUS will affirm US v. Nixon MORE said Tuesday that he has confidence in the U.S. and that those who don't should "look elsewhere."

"This country has been through a lot of challenges and always risen resiliently to them. Whether it's the civil rights movement, surviving through our Civil War or today's challenges. Whatever they may be, I've got great confidence in America and I say to those who don't: 'Look elsewhere. Where else would you rather be?' " he said in an interview with CNN. 

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Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, also took issue with the notion that the addition of conservative justices such as himself will result in a rightward turn on the court. 

"I just don't view judges that way. I reject that idea of how judges operate," he said.

"About half, 40 percent, of our cases are decided unanimously," he added. "The 5-4 cases, they make up a quarter of our docket, maybe a third. Those numbers have been consistent since the Second World War. The only thing that's new is that nothing is new."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE appointed Gorsuch to the court in 2017. The appointment came more than a year after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, as Senate Republicans refused to take up then-President Obama's nominee, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandDivisive docket to test Supreme Court ahead of 2020 Majority disapprove of Trump Supreme Court nominations, says poll Supreme Court can prove its independence — or its partisan capture MORE.

The Supreme Court's next term will begin Oct. 7.