Donald Trump Names Neil Gorsuch Winner Of ‘Extreme Makeover: SCOTUS Edition’ In Primetime Special

By Lisa de Moraes

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, to announce Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court. Gorsuch stands with his wife Louise. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump had narrowed the field from an announced roster of 21 hopefuls and named Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman as finalists to take the seat on the Supreme Court that has been vacant since Scalia died nearly a year ago. On Monday, Trump announced he would reveal the winner tonight in a primetime TV special.

“When Justice Scalia passed away suddenly last February, I made a promise to the American people,” Trump began from the East Room, after walking out to a standing ovation.

Boasting of the “most transparent judicial selection process in history,” Trump commended himself for having, as promised, picked Gorsuch from that list of 21 contenders he revealed while still running for POTUS.

“I am a man of my word. I will do as I say – something that the American people have been asking for from Washington for a very, very long time,” Trump continued, still speaking about himself.

“Today I am keeping another promise to the American people by nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch of the United States Supreme Court to be of the United States Supreme Court,” Trump, the former Celebrity Apprentice star, said – a surprising flub of his line at the moment of the Big Reveal.

“So, was that a surprise? Was it?” Trump asked the crowd in the hall, as Gorsuch and his wife came up to the podium.

Gorsuch now goes before a sharply polarized U.S. Senate for confirmation. Wrapping up his remarks before turning over the podium to Gorsuch, Trump said, “I only hope Democrats and Republicans can come together – for once – for the good of the country.”

In what could be the largest audience ever for a reality TV series reveal, Trump’s unveiling of Gorsuch as winner of Extreme Makeover: SCOTUS Edition was carried live by the broadcast and cable news networks and streamed live on Facebook.

Trump’s decision to summon both men to Washington today, and his Monday announcement that he would reveal the winner tonight in a primetime TV special, seemed to shock some TV news talking heads and Supreme Court scholars not familiar with reality TV tropes.

  1. Anonymouson Jan 31, 2017

    Deadline – Please don’t report on politics like this. It is beneath you, and it is beneath our nation.

    • Pedroon Jan 31, 2017

      Given the president of the nation making a SCOTUS announcement a ploy for ratings, it seems absolutely adequate.

      • Freemanon Jan 31, 2017

        Just yet another showing of him turning the position of POTUS into a clown show. America’s about to be set back decades. People filled with conservative and religious hate should be very happy about this flamboyant announcement.

        • Anonymouson Jan 31, 2017

          Omg we are all such losers.
          Not a harvard degree and no oxford degree
          and a special world reknowned
          honors from oxford , clerk for famous iconic
          judges. Omg.
          Did we even finish college, high school,
          or any kind of a job.
          This is depressing I’ll have a latte.

  2. Tonyon Jan 31, 2017

    Every day this country sinks lower and lower on the credibility scale with the likes of Donald Trump. He is the scum of the earth and an embarrassment to America. This clown show presentation and all the events leading up to it show just how pathetic a leader this man really is. We are doomed.

    • Anonymouson Jan 31, 2017

      Tony,I don’t think you should hurt any more.Jump oon a flight,one way,to Iran before the rush.You can express your thoughts openly and live any way you’d.Need some money?

      • Anonymouson Jan 31, 2017

  3. Anonymouson Jan 31, 2017

    I don’t understand why you need to spin this out to compare to a reality show? This is breaking news. If Obama had to appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court, would you brand it as a reality show?? Probably not. Hypocrisy. Get over yourselves, Hollywood elites. Your hypocrisy is only guaranteeing eight years of President Trump.

    • Andrew Saidion Jan 31, 2017

      Obama DID appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court via a NORMAL press conference on 3/16/2016. Much more presidential than an a ridiculous reality show special.

      • Anonymouson Jan 31, 2017

        Exactly, he did appoint and I don’t recall any snarky articles from the press. It’s hypocrisy. And what reality show special?? You are feeding into the propaganda of the media. Very sad.

        • Pedroon Jan 31, 2017

          He announced it on prime time, on TV, at night. It was a TV special. But, hey, he’s a reality TV star.

          • Anonymouson Feb 1, 2017

            Yes, as opposed to how they normally do it, in the middle of the afternoon, on a work day, with a press release no one will read and perhaps a soft q&a as to why this person is the greatest legal mind of all time. People always clamor for more openness from the government and more insight into who is appointed for what, what they stand for, what type of person they are, and when they are finally given it, they mock the entire process, mainly because of the person in charge of it. Something tells me had Obama or Clinton did this, it wouldn’t be derided, but instead would be commanded for those in public to watch, and if they couldn’t do so live, to DVR it and watch it over and over again. The hypocrisy for everything this administration does is ridiculous. Also ridiculous is that people who voted for him unanimously to be appointed a 10th circuit justice, which in many ways is actually a far more important position than being on the Court if you know how Federal Courts in the local and Circuit levels often are the main arbiter and interpreter of laws and how they are applicable to those covered by those circuits, are now saying they won’t, in particular, of course, is Schumer. But, hey, why point these things out.

      • Anonymouson Feb 1, 2017

        No appointment, as that’s not how it works. He nominated someone. The United States has not approved a new Supreme Court Justice during an election year in over 80 years.

  4. Chrison Jan 31, 2017

    What he did with Scalia’s wife was very classy

  5. Deanon Jan 31, 2017

    And Fake Tears Chuck had his anti-Gorsuch statement all ready to go. Surprise, surprise…

  6. Anonymouson Jan 31, 2017

    Obama, Biden, Schumer, and EVERY DEMOCRAT senator voted for the guy to the court of appeals in 2006. He was voted in UNANIMOUSLY.

    • cadavraon Jan 31, 2017

      At least he GOT a vote, which is more than Merrick Garland received.

  7. Anonymouson Jan 31, 2017

    America is going to the seventeen hundreds

  8. Anonymouson Jan 31, 2017

    Hmm…allowing the American populous a chance to see who will be helping to shape the laws we live by for the next 30-40 years is a bad thing? Funny, I thought it was great that one of these nominees was actually allowed to show themselves and tell the people how they will go about doing their job as a justice in the highest court in the land. This is a good thing, far better than a middling press announcement or a half hearted q&a in the middle of the day that no one watched or remembered, but because it was Trump then it’s a comedic event. Shame.

  9. He’s damned if he does & damned if he doesn’t….on Jan 31, 2017

    I don’t get it. What does it take to make liberals happy. If the President didn’t announce it publicly, you’d all be screaming that there’s a ‘lack of transparency in the Whitehouse’….. Then when the President DOES make a very transparent announcement, you criticize his motives. I’ll tell you this — when Obama took office I didn’t have a clue who he was appointing to anything! The mainstream media made sure that the public was locked out. Perhaps Hollywood needs to calm down and relax. I’ve never seen such an anxiety ridden group of entitled elitists before in my life.

    I’ve always enjoyed this site for current info on entertainment topics. How about going back to THAT business model? Leave the political commentary to those sites that aren’t *quite* as biased and narrow minded. The reality is this: No one cares what Hollywood’s narcissistic millionaires think about politics.

    • Scott McGrathon Jan 31, 2017

      What are you talking about? All of Obama’s appointments were transparent. If you didn’t know who they were, it’s because you weren’t paying attention.

    • Anonymouson Jan 31, 2017

      If you would shut up and not comment on this stuff and maybe leave then we could all go back to entertainment news

    • Gigion Jan 31, 2017

      Trump is a hollywood narcissistic millionaire. He starred in a reality show and is still an executive producer of a reality show. This is what you’re missing or you’re to realizing that he shouldn’t be in politics

  10. Drewon Jan 31, 2017

    It would be something if Donald is the one who gets to choose Ginsburg’s replacement after she badmouthed him during the election. He’d get his revenge like he got his revenge on Obama for the 2011 White House Correspondents dinner.

    • Anonymouson Jan 31, 2017

      Yes because a president should take revenge on anyone who ever bad mouthed them.

      • Anonymouson Feb 1, 2017

        The actions of every democrat, ever. Who remembers from 2008-2010 when, if you disagreed with Obama at all, you were IMMEDIATELY labeled a racist? Yeah, that happened. Democrats can say what they want, but after 8 years of intense Bush bashing and 8 years of “racist” charges, they’ve lost thousands of political seats, governorships, and now have the majority in exactly NOTHING.

  11. Drewon Jan 31, 2017

    I was surprised that Trump behaved in a presidential manner tonight. No insults, no fake news, etc.

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