Trump is filling courts across the country with judges who won’t uphold our rights and freedoms
One of the most important powers of the president is nominating federal judges. Trump inherited over 100 open judgeships when he took office, and he’s using this opportunity to pack the nation’s courts with judges who have long records of restricting rights, including reproductive rights and health care access.
Quickly after taking office, Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch has a history of blocking reproductive rights and health care access — even basic access to birth control. He was confirmed to the Supreme Court on April 7, 2017.Rewire
Trump appointed Judge Amy Coney Barrett — who has voiced opposition to Roe v. Wade — to a federal appeals court in Indiana.The Hill
So far, at least six of Trump’s nominees have been rated unqualified by the American Bar Association. That includes federal appeals court appointee Leonard Steven Grasz, who’s spent his career restricting reproductive and LGBTQ rights.Daily Beast
91% of Trump’s nominees are white, and 81% are male.
Federal judges hold lifetime appointments — which means Trump’s nominees could impact our rights and freedoms for generations
Trump set a record for confirming the most federal appeals judges in a president’s first year. His picks are also relatively young, so they’ll likely spend a long time on the bench.
[Trump’s judicial nominees] turn the clock back on years of work and effort that went into promoting judicial diversity.”
President, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Nearly one-third of Trump’s judicial nominees are overtly hostile to LGBTQ rights. That includes John Kenneth Bush, who was confirmed even though he’s publicly disparaged LGBT rights and used homophobic slurs.NPR