The courts are where major decisions on the issues we care about are happening, and right now many of those decisions are being made by judges hand-picked for their demonstrated contempt for our core constitutional values. These federal judges pose a serious and ongoing threat to our rights and freedoms. They have ruled in favor of the interests of the wealthy and powerful at the expense of the rights and safety of workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals, people of color, women, and immigrants. They have stripped Americans of reproductive rights, attacked the LGBTQ community, dismantled protections for clean air and water, fought to deny voting rights, and challenged the rights of immigrants and persons with disabilities.
The rights we have won through legislation are in danger of being diminished or completely overturned in the courts. Look at the Affordable Care Act – efforts to repeal it failed in Congress, but now the appeals and challenges to this critical act are being heard by judges appointed precisely because of their records of opposing the ACA. These conservative ideologues on the federal bench have already seized the opportunity to further endanger Americans’ health during a global pandemic. It’s hard to imagine that those same judges will uphold the ACA when given the opportunity to strike it down. Millions of people are at risk of losing their health insurance because of these judges.
To highlight how the federal judiciary is endangered, we’ve broken it down by issue area. Click on an issue below to learn about the rulings of these judges and the importance of countering their harmful impact by nominating judges committed to the public interest, civil rights, and criminal justice causes.
(Please note that this list includes records of all of Trump’s appellate nominees as well as select district and court of claims nominees.)