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Neil Gorsuch is one of the most qualified Supreme Court Justices in American history, but he’s also a divisive choice for today’s political landscape. Gorsuch was narrowly confirmed by the Senate through a controversial rule change on April 7 in a 54-45 vote.

Democrats blocked his confirmation, yet Republicans ran the so-called “nuclear option.” The Republican majority chose to alter Senate rules to require a simple majority for Presidential Judicial nominees, an unprecedented move that escalated the Democrats’ elimination of lower court judicial nominees  in 2013. This was the first time that the maneuver affected the composition of the Supreme Court. The Republican decision destroyed the power of the traditional Senate minority to block Supreme Court nominees they considered unfit.

This extreme move came after months of controversy about former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, a moderate whose nomination was blocked by a Republican majority before even a hearing could take place. Senate Republicans including Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell cited this block by arguing that the American people deserved a say since 2016 was an election year. Despite this claim, the Senate Republicans failed to recognize that 63 percent of Americans wanted a hearing and about 2.9 million had chosen to confirm Garland. They forcefully pushed a controversial nominee through with no regard to the wishes of a majority of Americans.

The Justice in question, Gorsuch, attended Harvard Law School, Columbia and Oxford, has been a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, and clerked for two Supreme Court Justices. These credentials are impeccable, yet he is a Justice more conservative than former Justice Scalia himself and has ruled with corporations in a number of contentious safety and religious freedom cases. Gorsuch’s strong conservative ideology is a stark contrast to the moderate views of Merrick Garland.

These decisions highlight the hypocrisy of the Senate Republicans’ logic: they claim to support public opinion for political convenience, but when millions of Americans vote against their ideas, they use an unparalleled move to confirm a very partisan nominee. Clearly, as the majority party, Republicans have the power to alter rules and confirm nominees, but the Republican party must remember: though they are governing with the presidency and a majority in both chambers of congress, they are also governing with a minority of votes.