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Trump building legacy of conservative judges

Empower Wisconsin | Jan. 2, 2020 

By M.D. Kittle 

MADISON — With apologies to Uncle Eddie and the Jelly of the Month Club, it is President Trump who has given the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. 

As of Dec. 20, Trump’s judicial appointments totaled 187, according to the Heritage Foundation. 

He is far outpacing previous presidents, including his predecessor, Democrat Barrack Obama, who posted 124 appointments by the same time in office. 

A quarter of U.S. circuit courts are led by Trump nominees, and, despite bruising political battles, two of the president’s selections are seated on the U.S. Supreme Court.

“After three years in office, President Trump has remade the federal judiciary, ensuring a conservative tilt for decades and cementing his legacy no matter the outcome of November’s election,” the Washington Post declared in a recent article. 

Trump has delivered on his 2016 campaign promise to appoint originalist and constitutionalist judges, people with a record of following the law — not making it from the bench. 

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, told Empower Wisconsin in August that the quality of Trump’s picks has been even more impressive. 

Severino said much work remains in reshaping the courts. The previous administration was extremely active in appointing liberal activist judges. 

“President Obama was there for eight years and by the end of his term, he had replaced about two-thirds of the federal judiciary. That’s a huge impact,” the legal expert said. “These are people with life tenure …”

“I think the important thing is to keep moving steadily on it and make sure we’re choosing these excellent judges, and then we can have these battles back where they belong, in the elected branches,” Severino added. 

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