Neil Gorsuch's break with Trump over the president's disparaging remarks about the judiciary is something that could hurt his relationship with the man who nominated him to the highest court in America.
It could also help Gorsuch reach the bench.
Democrats and their allies have been preparing for an admittedly uphill battle to oppose Gorsuch by tying the conservative 10 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge to Trump and his combative and controversial views of the judiciary. Gorsuch made that task more difficult this week when he said he was "disheartened" by Trump's remarks attacking judicial decisions and even singled out one member of the court as a "so-called judge."