Trump’s Supreme Court pick calms a rattled GOP

The Gorsuch nomination won widespread praise from all corners of the GOP. And Trump’s inclusion of House Republican leaders in his announcement helped win a positive reception on the Hill. Interviews with Republican lawmakers Wednesday revealed a palpable sense that the move had calmed — for now — the nerves of lawmakers unsettled by Trump’s often chaotic start.

“I think having a campaign promise that’s been fulfilled should encourage conservatives,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a member of the House’s conservative Freedom Caucus. “It helps us understand that while progress may have a few bumps in the roads, we’re still making progress.”

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley speaks after meeting with President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, on Capitol Hill on Feb. 1.

Rep. Richard Hudson, another North Carolina Republican, said he expected the positive moment could help the Trump administration “catch their stride.”

“He’s got folks really excited,” Hudson said.