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Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court Nominee, Asked Bizarre Question About Horses And Ducks

The old horse/duck fight question.

22/03/2017 08:31 GMT

Although it feels far longer, Donald Trump has only been President for two months.

During this time there have been any number of mind-bending highlights but yesterday things took a turn for the ultra-surreal.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was asked by an actual senator as part of his confirmation hearing:

Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck? Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake

The bizarre question was asked by Arizona Senator Jeff Flake on behalf of his teenage son.

After a long pause Gorsuch’s response was: “You can tell him I’m very rarely lost for words.” 

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Gorsuch stumped.

If you’re not already familiar with the fantastic riddle posed by Flake’s son, it has quite the history.

It originally appeared in the Metro in 2003 and was picked up by the City of Sound blog.

Metro
It all started here.

It was then repeated on various online forums and a response even made it on to YouTube.

The question gained real traction after it made its way onto Reddit’s Ask Me Anything in 2012 when someone posed it to President Obama of all people.

He did not respond.

It eventually did the rounds so much The Atlantic deemed it worthy of an article.

So there you go. Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

From the Associated Press:

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch enters the third day of his nomination hearings largely unscathed by Democratic attacks. And Republicans confidently predict he will win confirmation despite liberal opposition.

A growing number of Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, are calling for Gorsuch’s confirmation to be delayed because of the FBI investigation of ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa dismissed that demand as “ridiculous.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told The Associated Press: “Gorsuch will be confirmed. I just can’t tell you exactly how that will happen yet.”