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Trump made a lasting impact on federal court system

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — On this, even President Donald Trump’s most fevered critics agree: He has left a deep imprint on the federal courts that will outlast his one term in office for decades to come.

He used the promise of conservative judicial appointments to win over Republican skeptics as a candidate. Then as president, he relied on outside conservative legal organizations and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to employ an assembly line-like precision to install more than 230 judges on the federal bench, including the three newest justices of the Supreme Court. Trump never tired of boasting about it.

Indeed, undeterred by Democratic criticism, the Senate was still confirming judges more than a month after Trump lost his reelection bid to Joe Biden.

“Trump has basically done more than any president has done in a single term since (President Jimmy) Carter to put his stamp on the judiciary,” said Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland. Congress created about 150 new judgeships during Carter’s presidency, he said.

President Trump won’t be remembered for much. His claims of a prosperous four years have been over shadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and his inability to handle the outbreak as well over 200,000 Americans have died from the virus. 

However, there will be on legacy that will have a dramatic impact on this country and one that will be remembered for the next few decades. The Trump Supreme Court.

In his Presidency Donald Trump has appointed 2 Justices and is on the verge of having his third confirmed by the United States Senate as early as tomorrow. 

The appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were historic in their own nature and put young conservative judges on the court that would shape the debate for decades. Now with the inevitable confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett the conservative legacy will be cemented for decades. 

Trump campaigned in 2016 on the promise that he would appoint the best judges to the federal bench and specifically the Supreme Court. This has been the one promise fulfilled and kept by the President. He has used the advice of conservative and libertarian leaders in his administration to fill the federal bench with some of the most conservative and libertarian minds in the legal field. 

Amy Coney Barrett will change the makeup of the court dramatically as she replaces the liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The balance of the court will shift and the only hope that liberal leaders in Washington have is that Biden wins the election and something happens to the aging Clarence Thomas. 

Trump will not be remembered for much after he leaves office. Most will be negative as he is hit by historians for the COVID-19 response, his impeachment by the House, and a damaged economy. However, his image will be etched on the federal bench and more specifically the Supreme Court.

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