Trump has appointed conservative judges faster and in higher volume than any president before him.
It’s a lasting legacy, too. He has effectively changed the American judiciary for a generation or more in just three years.
Somehow, he has even managed to flip the notoriously liberal 9th Circuit Court.
The Los Angeles Times has noticed this and they’re a little freaked out:
Trump has flipped the 9th Circuit — and some new judges are causing a ‘shock wave’
When President Trump ticks off his accomplishments since taking office, he frequently mentions his aggressive makeover of a key sector of the federal judiciary — the circuit courts of appeal, where he has appointed 51 judges to lifetime jobs in three years.
In few places has the effect been felt more powerfully than in the sprawling 9th Circuit, which covers California and eight other states. Because of Trump’s success in filling vacancies, the San Francisco-based circuit, long dominated by Democratic appointees, has suddenly shifted to the right, with an even more pronounced tilt expected in the years ahead.
Trump has now named 10 judges to the 9th Circuit — more than one-third of its active judges — compared with seven appointed by President Obama over eight years.
“Trump has effectively flipped the circuit,” said 9th Circuit Judge Milan D. Smith Jr., an appointee of President George W. Bush…
To be sure, some of the new appointees to the 9th Circuit have quickly won the respect of their colleagues. But the rapid influx of so many judges — most without judicial experience — has put strains upon the court and stirred criticism among judges appointed by both Democratic and Republican presidents.
Isn’t it funny how liberals just assume that liberal is the ‘normal’ state of things, and that something shocking is happening when that changes? This is a great point:
The court hasn’t flipped, its “reverting to the norm” of every other circuit from its outlier status.
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) February 22, 2020
Hot Air makes an important historical note on this as well:
Oddly enough, the Los Angeles Times never mentions the original shock wave that made all this possible. Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid changed Senate tradition in his 2013 “nuclear option” by using a simple majority to change rules to bar filibusters on judicial confirmations. That gave Barack Obama carte blanche to stack the DC Circuit, but it also placed a powerful tool in the hands of subsequent Senate majorities of the same party as the president. Voila! Trump now has 51 appellate appointments under his belt, and if he wins a second term on the basis of protecting the judiciary, undoubtedly will get dozens more confirmed as well.
The bottom line is that the judiciary will no longer function only as an automatic backstop for Democrats.
This is undoubtedly one of Trump’s greatest achievements.