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Supreme Court nominee: Trump’s comments on judge ‘disheartening’

Judge Neil Gorsuch speaks to the crowd as his wife, Maria Louise, looks on after U.S. President Donald Trump nominated him to the Supreme Court during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in January. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has told a Democratic senator that he found the president’s attacks on the judiciary “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut disclosed the comments from Judge Neil Gorsuch after meeting with the nominee Wednesday.

Trump referred to a Seattle judge who put a stay on his immigrant travel ban as a “so-called judge.” Gorsuch’s confirmation team confirmed that Gorsuch was referring to that comment and described it as disheartening.

Gorsuch is making the rounds in the Senate, drawing praise from Republicans but skepticism from many Democrats, including Blumenthal.