Fighting a Right-Wing Takeover of Appeals Courts
President Trump and conservative legal groups like the Federalist Society want to see a right-wing takeover of our appeals courts. They are pushing judges who would protect corporations and the wealthy over the rights of all Americans, and who would rubber-stamp the president’s extreme agenda. Trump has even pledged to nominate ideological judges “in the mold of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.”
If they succeed, it would be nothing short of a disaster for the rights of all Americans. Appellate courts resolve tens of thousands of court cases each year, often serving as the final word on issues like voting rights, environmental protections, LGBTQ rights, job discrimination, workers’ rights, and reproductive rights. Filling the country’s appeals courts with right-wing judges would put our core liberties in jeopardy—for a generation or longer.