Press Release

AFJ Corrects Trump’s SOTU Claim About Judges

February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC, February 4, 2020 – During President Trump’s State of the Union address, he bragged about the number of judges that he has appointed as president. While Trump lauded the effect these judges will have on the judicial system, their records tell a very different story. Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement:

“The State of the Union is when the president is supposed to update Congress on the health of our democracy. Trump may see his many judicial appointments as a proud legacy, but it is already proving to be one of the biggest black marks on his administration. Trump has appointed an embarrassing number of unqualified jurists, including many clearly selected for their ultraconservative political advocacy. These judges have already demonstrated their willingness to dismantle our civil rights and undermine the rule of law. We will be saddled with the harmful consequences of these ideological judges and their extremist decisions for generations to come — very much to the detriment of the state of our union.”

For more context on Trump’s judicial appointments, check out Alliance for Justice’s massive updated report on Trump’s attacks on our justice system or explore the nominees’ egregious records by issue area.