Published in ThinkProgress
Very quickly, starting with the nomination and confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and continuing with lower courts, the Trump administration has nominated right-wing judges to fill dozens of judicial vacancies. Though some of the more extreme and less-qualified candidates failed to get a formal nomination or confirmation, there are many who espouse radical views who have been appointed to lifetime positions on the bench.
“The Trump administration has delivered on its promise made during the election to give them the judges they want,” said Nan Aron, founder and president of Alliance for Justice. “Nearly every nominee to the bench has displayed hostility on LGBT rights, abortion rights, etc.”
Aron said the Religious Right has been trying to transform the judiciary for decades. The exchange is political support for conservative judges. “They form a very potent constituency within the Republican party,” she said. “Does Donald Trump know much about federal judges and what they do? Probably not. But he was told by his advisers that it was the best way to get their support.”
“They’ve already received the gifts they’ve asked for — two Supreme Court seats and scores of lower court judges that hold their views.”