While the promise of conservative judicial appointments played a central part in President Donald Trump’s successful 2016 platform, it could serve an even bigger role in his re-election bid.
During an address last week, the president touted his administration’s success in filling vacancies in federal courts as a major reason he deserves four more years in the White House, as reported by Life News.
“You generally pick them young”
He reportedly made the remarks in front of a group representing the conservative Council for National Policy in Arlington, Virginia.
“By the time we are finished, we will have in excess of 300 [confirmed federal judges], including the court of appeals, and of course two very exceptional Supreme Court justices,” the president said.
Trump pointed to the fact that some of his predecessors “have had none,” noting that “you generally pick them young and they last a long time.”
The president claimed that his record on judicial appointments has driven his Democratic rivals “crazy” and promised the speed of nominations would continue through a second term.
“We could have two, to three, to four; maybe even five, but four is not a stretch at all,” he said of potential vacancies among the nine seats on the U.S. Supreme Court bench. “That would mean the entire balance of the court doesn’t just shift. It becomes dominant.”
“Stolen Supreme Court”
With several aging justices — including two currently in their 80s — currently serving lifetime appointments, it is not unreasonable to forecast multiple vacancies in the next several years.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 86, has a long history of serious health problems, including multiple bouts with cancer. Her most recent diagnosis was made public this summer with a revelation that she had been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for liver cancer.
Some on the left have urged the Democratic Party to similarly take the nation’s federal judiciary seriously ahead of Election Day.
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) wrote last year that a “stolen Supreme Court will invent reasons to gut any effort big enough to deal with” the problems Democrats want to address, stressing the need for any “candidate who wants to lead our party” to have a “plan to make this change happen.”
Members of both parties can acknowledge the deep impact of the nation’s court system, but Trump has a track record of success that his campaign can tout all the way to November’s election.