President Trump announced in a public broadcast that he would be nominating 49-year-old judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Tuesday night -- a move conservative groups and Republican senators alike immediately praised.
Interest in Gorsuch quickly surged, and Twitter was set on fire Thursday morning after a Daily Mail report emerged linking the judge to a student group called "Fascism Forever Club" while in high school.
According to the report, which has not been fully verified, Gorsuch launched the right-winged anti-faculty club while he was a freshman at the elite Georgetown Preparatory School in Washington, D.C. in order to counter the "liberal" views of the school administration.
"In political circles, our tireless President Gorsuch's 'Fascism Forever Club' happily jerked its knees against the increasingly 'left-wing' tendencies of the faculty," the yearbook reportedly read.
Gorsuch served as president of the club until graduating from the elite school in 1985.
When the report emerged, some on Twitter seemed alarmed by the news:
— Mary (@APGsMom) February 2, 2017
But many dismissed Gorsuch's reported club as a conservative teen's cheeky response to liberals:
The left is more outraged about a joke name for a high school club - 'Fascism Forever' than actual fascists attacking innocent people.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) February 2, 2017
Gorsuch was half-joking with a Fascism Forever club, because real fascism did not seem possible to him in the 80s. Curious how he feels now.
— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) February 2, 2017
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The staunch conservative jurist reportedly listed other roles as well, including "President of the Yard, Student Government" and president of the "Committee to reform The Beast."
Gorsuch has been praised by well known right-leaning groups, such as the Faith and Freedom Coalition and the National Rifle Association.
See Trump's announcement of the Gorsuch nomination: