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Judiciary

Constitution Revitalized by Trump's Record Judicial Appointments

It has become an underappreciated theme of Trump's presidency.

Nate Jackson · Nov. 7, 2019

While Democrats are busy with their impeachment charade, President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate have been busy reshaping the federal judiciary. This hasn’t escaped our notice — we’ve reported on it numerous times. But the Leftmedia would rather sell advertising by getting eyeballs for wall-to-wall impeachment drama.

According to a White House report issued Wednesday, “As of this afternoon, President Donald J. Trump has appointed — and gotten confirmed — 158 life-tenured federal judges who will defend our Constitution, personal freedoms, and the rule of law.” That includes “two Supreme Court justices, 44 Circuit Court judges, and 112 District Court judges.” The White House also says, “[His] historic pace is only accelerating: The President is set to have more judges confirmed this year alone than in all of 2017 and 2018 combined.” Three more are expected by week’s end, and dozens more are in the wings this year.

The White House has other highlights: “President Trump’s nominees alone fill one-quarter of the seats on our nation’s Circuit Courts of Appeals.” And, “He has seen more Circuit Court judges confirmed by this point in his presidency than any past president in United States history.”

Trump promised as a candidate to nominate solid conservative judges and he’s followed through. But a lot of credit goes to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He’s come a long way from the days when we criticized him and then-House Speaker John Boehner for weak leadership. On the judiciary, McConnell made the most gutsy move of his career by refusing to hold confirmation hearings on Merrick Garland, Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the venerable Antonin Scalia’s seat. He decided with good reason that to allow Obama, in the last year of his presidency, to totally swing the Supreme Court with a leftist in the seat of a constitutionalist was unacceptable. McConnell held firm, Trump beat all odds and won, and we now have Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

McConnell’s stewardship is even more laudable given Democrat resistance. According to The Daily Signal, “Democrats forced cloture votes on 118 of the president’s judicial nominees, a delaying tactic to extend debate. For the previous five presidents combined, the Senate held only seven cloture votes.”

As Trump put it in a speech yesterday, “When judges write policy instead of applying the law, they impose sweeping changes on millions of Americans without the benefit of legislative debate, public rulemaking, or the consent of the governed. As a result, these highly political rulings inflict painful damage on our security, society, and economy — imposing unworkable edicts on businesses, workers, families, and law enforcement. I will do everything in my power to halt judicial activism, and to ensure the law is upheld equally, fairly, and without political prejudice for all of our citizens.” On the subject of judicial nominations, Trump is most definitely earning an “A” grade.

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