While the smug left clinks champagne for "Merry Impeachmas" after the House passed articles of impeachment against President Trump, they're fast losing the battle when it comes to America's judicial landscape.
Even if 20 GOP Senators somehow flipped on Trump and he was removed from office, he's already appointed 25% of sitting US circuit court judges, not to mention given us a conservative Supreme Court - after Senate Republicans stalled in 2016 on confirming Obama's choice to replace the late justice Antonin Scalia, Merrick Garland.
🚨🎄: You didn’t think @SenateMajLdr would leave town without confirming more judges, did you?— Senate Republican Communications Center (@SRCC) December 20, 2019
Supreme Court: 2
Circuit courts: 50
District courts: 133
U.S. Court of International Trade: 2
Grand Total: 187
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According to the Washington Post:
And as the Post notes, "Trump's mark on the judiciary is already having far-reaching effects on legislation and liberal priorities."
For example, last week a Trump appointee on the 5th Circuit court of Appeals was one of two judges to strike down a key provision of the Affordable Care act. The case could move next to the Supreme Court, where two of the nine justices are Trump-appointed conservatives.
The 13 circuit courts are the second most powerful in the nation, serving as a last stop for appeals on lower court rulings, unless the case is taken up by the Supreme Court. So far, Trump has appointed 50 judges to circuit court benches. Comparatively, by this point in President Obama’s first term, he had confirmed 25. At the end of his eight years, he had appointed 55 circuit judges.
Trump’s appointments have flipped three circuit courts to majority GOP-appointed judges, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York. The president has also selected younger conservatives for these lifetime appointments, ensuring his impact is felt for many years. -Washington Post
Spearheading the effort to fill benches with conservatives is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) - who is "almost singularly focused on reshaping the federal judiciary," having fast-tracked two Senate rule changes which speed up the confirmation process, despite objections from Democrats.
"Leave no vacancy behind," McConnell has publicly stated.
McConnell has bragged that blocking Garland in the off-chance Trump won the 2016 election was one of his greatest achievements. Consequently, Trump appointed conservative Justice Neil M. Gorsuch to fill Scalia's seat.
"I’ve always heard, actually, that when you become President, the most — single most important thing you can do is federal judges," said Trump at a November White House event to celebrate his "federal judicial confirmation milestones."
"Now, President Obama was very nice to us. He gave us 142 empty positions. That’s never happened before," Trump joked in the Oval Office on Thursday. "But, as you know, that’s said to be the most important thing that a President has."
What's more, "There is only one circuit court vacancy left for Trump to fill, but more could open up next year. And if Trump wins in November, there will certainly be vacancies in his second term. There’s also the potential for additional openings on the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, is 86 and has had health problems. Justice Stephen G. Breyer, another Clinton pick, is also over 80," according to the report.
This is not going well for the resistance.