by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Along with the president, justices on the Supreme Court on at least two separate and unrelated occasions in as many weeks spoke to the need for civility. Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, during a speech at Stockton University in New Jersey last week, and again by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who sits on the opposite side of the ideological spectrum from Gorsuch, in two different events.
The calls for civility from the justices come at a time of heightened partisanship, particularly in the nation’s capital, where it didn’t take long for Democrats to criticize the president’s address as “divisive” and “appalling.” …
… Though Ginsburg and Gorsuch may have differing ideological viewpoints, they both appeared to agree that civility is vital to “keeping our Republic,” as Gorsuch stated last week.
“To preserve our civil liberties, we have to work on being civil with one another,” Gorsuch said during the event at Stockton University, according to reports.
The Supreme Court justice, the newest to join the high court, cautioned that when others act uncivilly, “you will be tempted to respond in kind.”
“But it is possible to disagree without being disagreeable,” Gorsuch continued. “At the end of the day, your character is the most important thing in your possession.”