President Donald Trump has appointed so many federal judges during his first term in office that the liberal U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit now has a Democrat-appointed majority of just three judges down from 11 judges prior to Trump’s inauguration, Breitbart reported.
Trump has appointed nine new judges to the appeals court out of a total of 29, and has flipped several other appeals courts that had smaller Democrat-appointed majorities. Patrick Bumatay and Lawrence VanDyke were confirmed earlier this month to the Ninth Circuit, which has in the past moved to block many of Trump’s directives on immigration and other issues.
It was the Ninth Circuit that prevented the implementation of an early Trump travel ban on certain countries with terrorist ties, although the measure was similar to unchallenged Obama-era actions and was later upheld.
Not only has Trump made higher numbers of appointments during his time in office than President Obama, but he has nominated younger judges who will likely have longer tenures on the bench.
A lasting legacy
Even liberal outlet Vox admitted recently that Trump’s judicial appointees are more qualified for their roles compared to Obama’s It’s just one of the many reasons Democrats would like to get rid of Trump via impeachment and conviction in the Senate, whether or not they have a legitimate reason to do so.
A president’s judicial appointments can have a much longer-lasting influence than the president is able to have alone, given the latter’s two-term limitation. The prospect of conservative judicial appointments was a major factor in Republican and conservative support for Trump in 2016, and it appears to have been well-founded.
Trump has received wise counsel on judicial appointments from the Federalist Society, an originalist group that believes the Constitution should be interpreted the way it was intended at the time of its writing. In contrast, liberals and Democrats tend to believe that the Constitution is a “living document” that can be continually reinterpreted to fit changing times and new ideas.
Of course, Democrats know they need a way to turn the courts liberal again if they hope to make progress on their radical agenda. They’ve already floated plans to increase the numbers of judges seated on the bench if they manage to get control of Congress and the presidency at the same time.
2020 Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has said he would like to expand the Supreme Court to 15 justices, although his plan would see the new justices selected by the existing ones. Still, any expansion of this nature would no doubt be an attempt to get more liberal judges seated and shift power back toward the left.
The courts have always been used by liberals to push their agendas beyond what the American public supports, and conservatives have long attempted to rein in judicial activism of this sort.
Trump’s appointees will seek to protect freedoms like religion and the right to bear arms. A newly conservative Supreme Court may even reconsider abortion in light of new scientific insights that were unavailable in 1973 when Roe v. Wade was decided.
Trump’s impressive record of judicial appointments is in itself a major reason to vote for his re-election in November, even for those who believe he tweets too much, is unnecessarily coarse in tone, or may not have always led the most morally upstanding life.