Neal Gorsuch, whom Donald Trump appointed to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, is the founder and president of ‘Fascism Forever.’
Gorsuch started the club at the prestigious $30,000-per-year Georgetown Preparatory school during his freshman year, according to the Daily Mail. The Mail obtained photos from Gorsuch’s yearbook that show not only his club affiliations, but a photo of him wearing a shirt and tie, reading Up from Liberalism by William F. Buckley (an avowed racist who blamed the sagging economy on the black community in a debate with African American writer James Baldwin).
The Mail reported that Gorsuch’s founding of the ‘Fascism Forever’ club was a tongue-in-cheek reference to his liberal professors, showing that even as a teenager, Gorsuch had already begun gravitating to the far right.
By the time Gorsuch was in college, he was already an experienced right-wing troll. The future Supreme Court nominee criticized anti-apartheid protesters while he was at Columbia, saying they had “dubious logic,” arguing in several columns for the student newspaper that ongoing U.S. investment in apartheid South Africa was for the good of both countries. He also quoted former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger — whose bombing campaigns in Southeast Asia left hundreds of thousands dead — for his yearbook photo:
Gorsuch’s right-wing views continued to accelerate as he became an adult and entered the legal practice. As a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Gorsuch ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby in its quest to seek religious exemptions for corporations in order to deny contraceptive coverage to female employees. His Hobby Lobby decision could mean Gorsuch is also in favor of the Citizens United vs. FEC decision that guaranteed corporations the same free speech rights as people, as Senator Bernie Sanders has suggested. Gorsuch is also a fan of the death penalty — so much so that he referred to a botched 43-minute lethal injection as an “innocent misadventure.”
Democrats have promised to block his confirmation outright.
Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.