BREAKING: Trump’s SCOTUS pick is in and it’s…

Though not unexpected, it’s official: Neil Gorsuch is President Trump’s nominee for the land’s highest court. After weeks of intense speculation, the president announced his pick at 8:00pm ET tonight.

From The Hill:

Trump said he has promised to nominate a judge who respected the law and loved the Constitution.

“Millions of voters said this was the single most important issue to them and I am a man of my word and will do what I say, something the American people have been asking of Washington for a very long time,” Trump said.

The article goes on to say:

At 49, Gorsuch would be the youngest member of the court — a major consideration for Trump, who wants his picks to potentially remain on the bench for decades. Supreme Court justices receive lifetime appointments.

Gorsuch is likely to face a tough confirmation battle, though he was seen as a less provocative choice for the court than Bill Pryor, the circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Pryor was a favorite of outside conservative groups, but his controversial views might have made it difficult for Democrats to avoid filibustering him. He has argued that gay people should be prosecuted for having sex, and that abortion should be outlawed including in cases of rape.

Like Pryor, Gorsuch is seen as an “originalist,” someone who attempts to interpret the Constitution as it was written at the time. And he has won bipartisan support in past confirmation battles.

Judge Gorsuch, as noted, faces a tough uphill confirmation battle, with the potential for a filibuster from the left, and the debate over invoking the nuclear option –- providing for override by mere majority vote — on the right.

Adding to today’s news is the sigh of relief from conservatives everywhere as they note our new president has made good on yet another campaign promise: nominating a conservative to the bench.

[Note: This post was written by Marie Stroughter. Follow her on Twitter @MarieStroughter]

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