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Trump’s Judicial Buffoons

Someday, hopefully sooner than later, we will be spared the tragicomedy of Donald Trump in the White House. But the gross stupidity and ignorance of his administration will live on for decades and even lifetimes through his judicial appointments, a cast of unworthy buffoons and right-wing ideologues.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has bragged that his greatest accomplishment was blocking Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court for almost a year after the death of archconservative Justice Antonin Scalia—a ruthlessly unfair tactic unprecedented in American history. He and his GOP bulldogs were gambling that a Republican would succeed Obama and appoint a far-right justice to the Court. The gamble paid off: Trump won the White House and appointed Neil Gorsuch. The long vacancy, the extra burden on the other justices and the delay of the Court’s business did not bother the Republicans one iota. But just remember, Mitch—two parties can play that game.

Trump’s nominees to lower courts have been equally appalling. Repeatedly they have refused to answer basic yet crucial questions during their Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Two of his most recent nominees for circuit and district courts—Andrew Oldham and Wendy Vitter—refused to state whether they agreed with the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed racial segregation in our schools. It is the Senate’s Constitutional duty to offer “advice and consent” on the President’s judicial appointments, and they cannot do so when the nominees essentially plead the Fifth Amendment, as if they are scared to incriminate themselves.

Back in December, another of Trump’s judicial nominees, Matthew Petersen, admitted that he had never taken a deposition on his own or argued a case in court. Hell, he couldn’t even answer basic questions from Republican Senator John Kennedy about the rules for presenting evidence. Petersen withdrew in humiliation, but Trump has successfully appointed 21 others so far, a full one-eighth of circuit court judges, and stands to appoint a lot more.

The Senate must start to assert its Constitutional authority and prevent these disastrous lifetime appointments from establishing precedents and determining justice, or America will be left with the law according to Trump.

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