Donald Trump

Trump’s Positive Impact on the Judiciary

With all the hype surrounding the impeachment of the President and the other issues that have plagued the past few years, one that fails to garner attention is the impact this President has had on the country’s judicial system.

We are often negative of the President, but this is one area where we can get behind is actions and deem them as positive.

From Business Insider:

“Working with the White House and the conservative Federalist Society, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has led the most effective judicial nomination and confirmation process of any modern administration. Trump has already filled more judicial seats, which are lifetime appointments, than any of his five most recent predecessors.”

Trump has appointed both Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court which are hard hitting conservative/libertarian minded justices. There is at least one more potential nomination with the aging Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

When it comes to the appellate courts the Politico ran a story today highlighting the impact Trump is having on reshaping the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the most liberal court in the country.

“A bastion of liberalism in the federal judiciary is slowly turning rightward, threatening Democratic court challenges on everything from abortion to who gets a green card.”

“The Senate confirmation of Lawrence VanDyke and Patrick Bumatay to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this month brought to nine the number of appointments President Donald Trump has made to the 29-member bench that serves as the last stop for nearly all legal complaints lodged in nine Western states. Democratic-appointed judges now hold a three-seat majority, compared with 11 at the start of Trump’s presidency.”

Here are some other startling facts about the impact Trump has had on the judicial system:

  • In under three years, Trump has appointed two Supreme Court justices, 50 appeals court judges, and 120 district court judges. 
  • 187 of Trump’s judicial nominees have been confirmed as of December 20, while just 124 of Obama’s nominees were confirmed in his eight years. 
  • In the last two years of the Obama administration, the president was only able to confirm two appellate court judges and 18 district court judges. 
  • One-fifth of judges on the federal courts — and one-fourth on the appeals courts — are Trump appointees
  • Trump has added 50 new judges to the appellate courts. By comparison, Obama added a total of 55.
  • The majority of circuit courts — seven of twelve — now have conservative majorities and the ideological balance of the Supreme Court has tipped in the conservative direction as a result of Trump’s nominees.
  • As a result of McConnell’s unprecedented blockage of Obama’s third Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016, Trump has already added as many justices to the highest court as Obama did in his 8 years. 

We give credit where credit is due and Trump has done a stand up job shaping the courts in the United States. Most conservatives and libertarians supported him in 2016 for this promise. It is likely the only promise he has keep as President, but one that has a lasting impact on American society for years to come.

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