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Justice Neil Gorsuch: Is He Really “In the Mold” of Justice Scalia?

By Daniel L. Kaplan

Political Backdrop

As a candidate, President-to-Be Donald Trump frequently stated that he intended to appoint judges “in the mold of” the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Since then, the “mold of Scalia” locution has served as a sort of mantra for the administration’s approach to judicial nominations. Indeed, when Justice Kennedy retired, Vice President Pence even posted a somewhat backhanded tweet, simultaneously thanking Justice Kennedy for his years of service and promising that he would be replaced by a justice “in the tradition of the late Justice Scalia.”

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