While Democrats remain largely fixated on obstructing President Donald Trump, the president has continued to do his job.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been trying his best to slow down Trump’s agenda and his breakneck pace of reshaping the judiciary but has failed spectacularly.
And he has suffered another defeat.
The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate has officially confirmed two more conservative judges nominated by Trump to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which oversees cases in the western part of the U.S.
Judges Lawrence VanDyke and Patrick Bumatay were appointed by Trump.
The court, which was once dominated by liberals, now has more than a third of the president’s appointees.
Trump has now appointed 10 judges to the sprawling court, one of the country’s largest and most influential, Politico noted in a report about how Trump is dramatically flipping the courts to a conservative majority.
Democratic-appointed judges now only hold a three-seat majority on the Ninth Circuit, compared to 11 at the start of Trump’s presidency.
Politico noted how big of a deal this is:
If the trend continues, it represents a major shift in the liberal wing of the judiciary, meaning lawsuits for progressive causes won’t find a friendly ear as easily as they have. The circuit has been the go-to venue for activist state attorneys eager to freeze Trump policies on health care, immigration and other social issues. It ruled against Trump’s weakening of Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, as well as multiple versions of his travel ban.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has played a huge role in ramping up confirmations.
“It is not one party or the other that benefits when our federal courts consist of men and women who understand that a judge’s job is to follow the law, not to make the law,″ he said on the Senate floor.
“The entire country benefits from that. Our constitutional system benefits from that. If judges applying our laws and our Constitution as they’re written strikes anybody as a threat to their particular agenda, it’s their agenda that needs to change, not the judiciary that the framers intended,″ McConnell said.
This is just the latest example of how effective the president has been in his quest to reshape the federal judiciary.
The Senate has confirmed roughly 200 conservative judges since Trump took office.
And, most importantly, many of the judges are in their 40s and some in their 30s.
This means that these conservative judges will serve on the courts for many, many years.
Trump’s judicial appointments also include two Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
That’s certainly a historic accomplishment, and the Republican-controlled Senate is reshaping the federal courts across the country for decades to come.
And Trump may get a third Supreme Court nomination in the case that Ruth Bader Ginsburg can’t make it another four years.