Despite whatever nonsense arises from the Left before the 2020 presidential election, one thing is for sure: President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have reshaped the American judiciary for generations to come. They have ensured that legal textualists will be the interpreters of our nation’s laws. Together, along with the support of a Republican majority Senate, this Conservative Dynamic Duo has effectively ended the judicial activism that defined the courts throughout the first two decades of the twenty-first century.
As of December 20, 2019, 187 Article III judges that were appointed by President Trump, have been approved by the Senate. These 187 consist of two Associate Justices of the United States Supreme Court (The Honorable Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh), fifty judges to the United States Court of Appeals, 133 judges to various United States District Courts, and two judges to the United States Court of International Trade. Thirty-three of President Trump’s appointees still awaits confirmation. With the breakneck speed at which Leader McConnell approached the first 187, it is likely the next thirty-three will be confirmed before the 2020 general presidential election.
This is, arguably, the most crucial victory of President Trump’s first term because it will have the longest-lasting effect (having granted 187 judges lifelong tenure) and ends the corrosive impact that judicial activism has had on our legal system. Judicial activism is so toxic because it effectively treats the Judicial Branch as though it is another body from which law may be made instead of interpreted and settled when contested. Through Leader McConnell’s guidance, the Senate has restored a vital aspect of our nation’s separation of powers.
The appointees of President Trump have been thoroughly vetted and have stellar judicial records that verify their credentials as stalwart textual originalists. These new judges have the opportunity to serve for life and, should the opportunity arise, even be nominated for the Supreme Court, down the road. With thirty-three more appointees awaiting confirmation and rumors swirling about a third supreme court nominee just being a matter of time, President Trump stands to have one of the largest effects on the judiciary of any US President.