Both of Michigan’s U.S. senators have come out in opposition to Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch is a strict conservative who refused to voice support for key Supreme Court rulings such as Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education, which desegregated schools.
Gosuch also came under criticism for a ruling involving a Michigan trucker who was fired for abandoning his stalled-out truck in subfreezing weather in order to save his own life after he started showing signs of hypothermia. News broke that Gorsuch’s ruling in that case had been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court while Gorsuch’s own Supreme Court hearing was in progress.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) touched on that case in announcing her opposition to Gorsuch:
“While serving on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Gorsuch ruled against Alphonse Maddin, a truck driver from Michigan who was fired for leaving his trailer on the side of the road after breaking down on a cold night and fearing he would freeze to death. When Mr. Maddin sued, Judge Gorsuch disagreed with six other judges’ rulings and reached the conclusion that Mr. Maddin should have risked his life to follow company orders even though Mr. Maddin protected his cargo from loss and completed his assignment. …
“After carefully reviewing his record and listening to his testimony last week in the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have concluded that supporting the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court is not in the best interests of the people of Michigan whom I am proud to represent.”
Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) said that Gorsuch’s rulings fail to take into account the “human face” behind a court case:
“The U.S. Supreme Court is a pillar of our nation’s democracy, and I take very seriously the Senate’s responsibility to advise and consent on nominees to serve in this revered institution. The U.S. Supreme Court is often the last line of defense for everyday Americans, and Judge Gorsuch’s previous rulings indicate he believes that corporations have greater rights than individuals. Whether it is ruling against children who want an equal opportunity to get a quality education or women who want access to health care, Judge Gorsuch often fails to take into account the human face behind each case. He has also failed to acknowledge how deeply the Citizens United decision has corrupted our government by opening the floodgates for special interest money to pour into our elections. Serving on the U.S. Supreme Court requires more than education and experience, and I am extremely concerned that Judge Gorsuch’s judicial approach is out of step with mainstream American values. After careful consideration of Judge Gorsuch’s comments and his record, I cannot support his nomination to serve on our nation’s highest court.”