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Lewis Morris / April 1, 2021

Biden’s Judicial Remake Begins

One of Trump’s great accomplishments was judicial appointees. Now it’s Biden’s turn.

President Joe Biden has released his first group of judicial nominees this week, and just like with his cabinet picks, he has proven that ethnic and gender diversity is the most important qualifier for the job. Well, that and hard-left progressivism.

The three appellate court nominees are black women, including federal trial judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit left by Merrick Garland, who is now attorney general. Jackson was appointed to the federal bench by Barack Obama in 2013 and is already rumored to be a top candidate for the Supreme Court. The DC Circuit is often a stepping stone to the High Court, and Biden has already promised that he will nominate a black woman if 82-year-old Justice Stephen Bryer buckles to demands that he retire. Other appellate judge nominees include Candace Jackson-Akiwumi for the Seventh Circuit and Tiffany Cunningham for the Federal Circuit. Both women are currently in private practice.

Along with these picks are nominees for federal and magistrate judgeships that would include, if confirmed, the first Muslim American federal judge in U.S. history, the first Asian American Pacific Islander woman to serve on the U.S. District Court in DC, and the first woman federal judge for the District of Maryland.

The White House, no doubt heavily influenced by the NAACP, the National Urban League, and race hustler Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, asked these very same organizations to help rally support for these nominees.

Biden currently faces 72 judicial openings with another two dozen seats to open up in the coming months. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is revving up his engines for a major push to get as many of the nominees confirmed as early as possible before voters get a whiff of just what a disaster a Democrat-led Senate is and return control to the Republicans in the 2022 midterms.

One of Donald Trump’s greatest successes as president was the mark he left on the judiciary, placing three Supreme Court justices, 54 appeals court judges, and 174 district court judges in four years. Senate Democrats are itching to outdo that record, but Biden doesn’t (yet) have nearly as many opportunities to reshape the federal bench as his predecessor. Democrats also face tough sledding against a united GOP that is very proud of the work done to make a conservative federal bench that can stand as a bulwark against leftist attempts to unravel the Constitution.

We can expect a lot of accusations of racism to come from Schumer and his comrades as they attempt to ram through this list of candidates who appear to have been chosen primarily for their race and gender. Let the battle begin.

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