Trump on Twitter: Senator "lied" by reporting Gorsuch comments everyone confirmed were said

Trump says that a senator "lied" by reporting that Gorsuch said he was worried about Trump's judicial hostility

Published February 9, 2017 1:35PM (EST)

 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning to deny reports that his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has criticized the president's hostility toward members of the judiciary.

Trump was referring to reports on Wednesday that Gorsuch had spoken against Trump's demeaning comments about various judges in a conversation with Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal. "He said very specifically that they were demoralizing and disheartening and he characterized them very specifically that way," Blumenthal told CNN. "I said they were more than disheartening and I said to him that he has an obligation to make his views clear to the American people, so they understand how abhorrent or unacceptable President Trump's attacks on the judiciary are."

Blumenthal's story was later confirmed by Ron Bonjean, who is in charge of communications for Gorsuch's confirmation process.

Trump has a long history of attacking the judiciary. The incident that Gorsuch is referring to occurred last week, when Trump referred to Judge James Robart as a "so-called judge" after he issued a hold on the president's Muslim travel ban.

Trump also infamously attacked Judge Gonzalo Curiel in June, claiming that the judge could not impartially rule on a lawsuit against Trump University due to his Mexican heritage.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has also appeared in Mic, MSN, MSNBC, Yahoo, Quartz, The Good Men Project, The Daily Dot, Alter Net, Raw Story and elsewhere.

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