The Trump administration just claimed another MAJOR victory, and liberals are livid. This time, we have Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to thank. McConnell made a deal with the Democrats just hours before the Senate adjourned, and the ramifications of that deal will last for a lifetime.
As Donald Trump campaigned for the White House in 2015 and 2016, many conservatives asserted that the most important reason to elect him instead of Hillary Clinton was because at least two Supreme Court justices would be retiring during the next president’s term, giving Clinton the chance to make the highest court in the land a panel of liberal activist judges, or Trump the opportunity to appoint decidedly conservative justices who would uphold the values enshrined in our constitution.
Now, were are seeing the fruits of our grassroots efforts to get Trump elected. Not only has he put two new judges on the Supreme Court, but he has appointed a vast number of judicial nominees to federal courts nationwide, meaning that our entire judicial system is taking a conservative turn which will last for a lifetime.
On Thursday, the GOP claimed another major victory to this effect, thanks to some clever negotiating on the part of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who made a deal with the Democrats in order to get another 15 judicial nominees passed:
The Senate approved a package of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees Thursday, notching another 15 confirmations just days after Justice Brett Kavanaugh was installed on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The confirmations came as half a dozen Democratic lawmakers, particularly those in red states, were pressed to return home to defend their Senate seats for the final stretch before the November midterm elections.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seized on the opportunity and made Democrats an offer: let the Senate adjourn until after the election, provided Democrats don’t force the full 30 hours of debate allowed for each nominee.
Democratic leaders were left at an impasse: They could keep their caucus in the Capitol to oppose the nominees — effectively ceding the campaign trail to Republican challengers — or confirm Trump’s judges briskly and risk alienating their supporters. [Source: The Daily Caller]
The Democrats elected for the latter, to the relief of vulnerable senators who said the nominees would have been confirmed before the election anyway. “If we stayed here for two or three weeks, we’d probably have done the same thing,” Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana told Politico. “I think it’s good.”
However, as you can imagine, condemnation from progressive interest groups was swift. “This deal was totally unnecessary and it is a bitter pill to swallow so soon after the Kavanaugh fight that so many progressive activists poured their hearts and souls into,” said Chris Kang, chief counsel of Demand Justice, a liberal advocacy group. “This period will be long remembered not just for the historic number of judges Trump has been able to confirm, but also because of how passive Democrats were in response.”
Indeed, this news comes less than one week from the date of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, one which the Democrats fought tooth and nail, and a fight that they ultimately lost.
The nominees approved Thursday include Richard Sullivan for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, David Porter for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Ryan Nelson for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and 12 district judges for federal trial courts in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.
The 2nd Circuit hears appeals arising from Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. The 3rd Circuit covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, while the 9th Circuit encompasses Alaska, the west coast, and the southwest border states. Circuit courts issue final judgment in the overwhelming majority of federal cases.
With Thursday’s confirmations, the Senate has now confirmed 84 Trump nominees to the federal bench: 53 trial judges, 29 appeals judges, and two Supreme Court justices.
If the way things are going for Democrats at this point is any indication of how they will perform in the midterms, it’s looking pretty good to be a Republican right now. Indeed, as the days roll by, that “Blue Wave” everyone said was coming is looking more and more like a media-manufactured lie — like the kind they told us when Hillary was supposedly going to win the White House in a landslide.