Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor admitted Thursday to doing something that has become increasingly taboo on the political left. The Obama-appointed liberal confirmed a budding friendship with fellow Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump-appointed conservative.
In a political climate where voters have been beaten in the streets or disowned by their families for supporting the wrong party, Sotomayor is modeling a more civil approach — even to the point of arguing “there’s no fundamental difference in values” between Republicans and Democrats.
Sotomayor and Gorsuch sit side by side on the bench and often exchange friendly banter. They’ve taken on an extracurricular project together, teaching students about government.
While the two justices’ friendship may surprise many, it is not without recent precedent. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, notorious for her far left views, maintained a long, close friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative and Constitutional textualist.
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