He jumped in with his first question after most of the other justices had spoken.
Republicans now hold the White House and both chambers of Congress, but many in that party fear anti-Trump voters will overwhelm the president's supporters in the elections, with predictions that control of the House of Representatives, at least, will swing to Democrats.
They were made in the Indian Supreme Court, which struck down colonial-era laws as unconstitutionally discriminatory towards lesbian, gay and female Indians.
"People think of us as a blue state even though we are a deeply divided state", said Cornell Clayton, director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy at Washington State University. At another point, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor appeared to pinch Gorsuch, sitting next to her, to playfully illustrate her point about what constitutes a violent act.
It is impossible to serve two masters.
To sustained, raucous applause, Trump entered the event Monday night flanked by Kavanaugh and former Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who hired Kavanaugh as a law clerk from 1993 to 1994. Kavanaugh was a judge on the D.C. Circuit for 12 years. Consequently, the Democratic base that sees Trump and Republicans as the enemies of feminism, got even more energized, but so did those who support Trump.
The climactic 50-48 roll call vote Saturday on Kavanaugh was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881.
During the swearing-in ceremony at the White House on October 8, Trump apologized to Kavanaugh and his family "for the awful pain and suffering you have been forced to endure". The campaign against Kavanaugh had been based on "lies", including by "evil" people.
"It's time to put this embarrassing spectacle behind us", McConnell said before Kavanaugh's confirmation.
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This special counsel is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded in those efforts. The special counsel's office indicted Manafort and Gates previous year on multiple charges of financial fraud and tax evasion.
"My goal is to be a great justice, for all Americans, and for all of America", Kavanaugh said. I take this office with gratitude and no bitterness.
"In this week in particular, you are not allowed to have a beer if you are a conservative", he told a chuckling North Texas crowd in Wichita Falls dotted with cowboy hats and "Make America Great Again" baseball caps.
Ceremonial swearing-ins are unusual for new justices.
Of course, that doesn't include the rather generous benefits that Supreme Court justices are entitled to as federal employees.
Women not only tilt against Kavanaugh, but do so with more gusto.
On Wednesday, the only other day of arguments this week, the court will hear another two hours of arguments.
With Kavanaugh's ascension to the high court, Republicans, long dispirited by Trump's string of scandals and the prospect of losing their congressional majorities, are whooping it up.
Though he missed the court's first week, none of the six cases argued dealt with blockbuster issues. At this point it seems likely that anger and accusations will swirl around the Justice for quite a while, and having open ethics complaints looked into by the Tenth Circuit isn't going to help matters much. But the GOP shift to disparaging descriptions of their opponents as unruly and sinister is a marked change from their messaging before the Kavanaugh battle, when they'd hoped to focus on the strong economy and the mammoth tax cut they pushed through Congress last December.