When it comes to the federal courts, the white supremacist in the White House is winning. Donald Trump is setting a record pace of nominating young, extreme right-wing judges for lifetime appointments to the bench.1 Extremist Republican senators, with the help of some Democrats, are upending Senate precedent to jam through those nominees as fast as possible.2
- He has nominated 27 federal judges in his first six months, three times more than Obama “and more than double the totals of Reagan, Bush 41 and Clinton – combined.”
- Before Trump, no president had had more than three judges confirmed in his first six months. Trump has had nine.
- The average age of Trump’s nominees is 48, compared to 55 for President Obama’s early nominees. “That means, on average, Trump’s appellate court nominees will sit through nearly two more presidential terms than Obama’s.”
- Given the number of judicial vacancies, and the pace of nominations and confirmations, “in just one more year, one-eighth of all cases filed in federal court [could] be heard by a judge [Trump] appointed.”
- Damien Schiff once called Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy a judicial prostitute, resisted efforts to prevent anti-LGBTQ bullying in schools and opposed affirmative action.8
- John K. Bush had a long side career blogging under a pseudonym. In his posts, he called abortion a “national tragedy” and repeated the racist lie that President Obama was not born in the United States.9
- Kevin Newsom equated Roe v. Wade with the Dred Scott decision upholding slavery and stated his regret that the Supreme Court made it unconstitutional to execute juveniles.10
“The president has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law.”12
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- Ronald Klain, "The one area where Trump has been wildly successful," The Washington Post, July 19, 2017.
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, "LDF Statement in Response to September 6 Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearing," Aug. 31, 2017.
- Jesse Berney, "Trump's Long History of Racism," Rolling Stone, Aug. 15, 2017.
- Matt Ford, "President Trump Pardons Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio," The Atlantic, Aug. 25, 2017.
- Ricardo Pérez-Peña, "Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Is Convicted of Criminal Contempt," The New York Times, July 31, 2017.
- "Judicial Vacancies," United States Courts, updated Aug. 31, 2017.
- Klain, "The one area where Trump has been wildly successful."
- Kyle Barry, "The Strange Civil Rights Views of Trump’s Latest Court Nominees," POLITICO, June 14, 2017.
- Dahlia Lithwick, "Polemicists in Robes," Slate, June 15, 2017.
- Barry, "The Strange Civil Rights Views of Trump’s Latest Court Nominees."
- Taylor Link, "Brian Stelter opens Sunday show by asking if President Trump has a mental 'illness,'" Salon, Aug. 20, 2017.
- Ford, "President Trump Pardons Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio."
- John Wildermuth, "Feinstein surprises SF crowd by expressing hope for Trump," SFGate, Aug. 30, 2017.