"That's why it's urgent that our Senators approve President Trump's choice for Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch", the narrator of the ad says.
[Gorsuch's] "comments were misrepresented, and what you should do is ask Senator Blumenthal about his Vietnam record, which didn't exist after years of saying it did, " Trump said in response to a reporter's question.
"Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie), now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?" the president tweeted. "Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Qualifications for judicial service include both legal experience and judicial philosophy, and I believe we should look at a nominee's entire record for evidence of these qualifications".
"Sean Spicer just made it crystal clear that Judge Gorsuch has refused to condemn President Trump's attacks on the judiciary", Matt House, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, said in a statement. He received much criticism for the misrepresentation during his Senate run in 2010. He served stateside in the Marine Corps Reserve during the war, not actually in Vietnam. Ben Sasse of Nebraska said a day later that the judge had also defended the judiciary to him.
Gorsuch's comments may indicate that he intends to be his own person and exercise the judicial independence that is critical to the federal justice system, professor Tobias said. "There is a fundamental core democratic principle at stake".
Even more troubling, Trump has attacked the federal judiciary, slandering one federal judge by calling him a "Mexican", insulting another by calling him a "so-called judge" and criticizing the court of appeals adjudicating the issue of the stay of his executive order on immigration even before that court of appeals has rendered a decision.
On Wednesday morning he tweeted: "Big increase in traffic into our country from certain areas, while our people are far more vulnerable, as we wait for what should be EASY D!" He also said "so-called Judge" Robart's ruling could "put out country in such peril".
Blumenthal stood by his remarks about the meeting.
"His comments were misrepresented".
Other senators, including Republican Sen. The Democratic senator wrote that he repeatedly asked Gorsuch about his views on several landmark court cases during their meeting but that the judge refused to answer the questions.
The case is likely to end up in the US Supreme Court, which is ideologically split with four liberal justices and four conservatives - pending the Senate's decision on Trump's nomination of Gorsuch, a conservative.
"If he wants the American people to believe that he is truly independent", the CT senator said, "Judge Gorsuch must tell them in no uncertain terms that President Trump's attacks are not just disappointing-they are abhorrent and destructive to our Constitutional system-and he must condemn them publicly".
Gorsuch himself weighed in on Trump's rhetoric.