EVery network should be covering this. Trump’s dangerous takeover of our courts will last a generation.”
The Republican-controlled Senate quietly confirmed four more of President Donald Trump’s lifetime federal judicial nominees on Wednesday, bringing the total number of conservative judges successfully appointed by the administration to over 150.
It is a milestone that, according to rights groups, marks the extent to which Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have flooded the nation’s courts with disproportionately young and unqualified right-wing judges who could reshape the judiciary for decades to come.
“Trump’s dangerous takeover of our courts will last a generation. All who care about our civil rights being protected must speak out and demand better.”
—Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
“Every network should be covering this,” tweeted the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “Trump’s dangerous takeover of our courts will last a generation. All who care about our civil rights being protected must speak out and demand better.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reacted gleefully on Wednesday to the president’s achievement, calling the appointment of over 150 federal judges “historic.”
“These conservative judicial appointments will impact our nation for years to come,” said Graham.
Bloomberg Law reported Wednesday that 19 of Trump’s lifetime judicial nominees are awaiting votes and more judges are making their way through the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Many have disturbing civil rights records,” Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference, said of the judges the Senate has confirmed thus far. “Dozens wouldn’t affirm Brown v. Board. They’re overwhelmingly white and male. Decades of progress are at stake. We must keep fighting.”
While the Senate’s latest torrent of votes on Trump judges drew relatively little coverage from the national media, more than 150 people gathered inside the Senate building on Wednesday to condemn the president’s court takeover.
The demonstration largely focused on Steven Menashi, Trump’s nominee for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Menashi’s confirmation hearing on Wednesdasy, which came just two days after his name was submitted to the Senate, was repeatedly interrupted by loud shouts from the Senate hallways.
BREAKING: The Senate just confirmed Trump’s 150th LIFETIME federal judge.
Trump is taking over our courts with anti-civil rights nominees who represent a gigantic setback for judicial diversity.
— The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg) September 11, 2019