The U.S. Senate gave in to President Trump’s wishes this past week, giving him thirteen new judicial picks. This solidifies President Trump’s march towards replacing a third of the federal judiciary over the course of his presidency.
While in the past non-controversial judges have been easily confirmed without a lot of fanfare, Senator Mitch McConnell notes that Democrats have taken a different position under this President.
Said McConnell, “For too long fairly uncontroversial judicial nominees just like these have been held up and delayed by our Democratic colleagues even when the vacancy qualifies as a judicial emergency. Uncontroversial district judges used to be confirmed promptly in big groups by voice vote.”
Senate Republicans have experienced an uphill battle from the very beginning confirming Trump’s judiciary picks, including the now-infamous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. That process was tainted with allegations of sexual misconduct and rape.
This is a big victory for Trump, but it could have been bigger: Republicans targeted nine appointees for confirmation before the August recess. They only got thirteen, a symptom of Democrats’ continued obstruction of President Trump’s powers to appoint replacements as judges die or retire.
This underscores why the 2020 election is so important to Democrats: if President Trump is re-elected, he will replace a number of judges so massive that Democrats would take generations to recover. And since they struggle to pass their radical agenda through Congress, the courts are often their best bet for getting things done and their policies in place.
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