The Right-Wing Takeover of Appeals Courts
During his 2016 campaign, Donald Trump promised to nominate ideological judges “in the mold of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.” In Trump’s three years in office, he’s done just that, working with conservative legal groups like the Federalist Society to appoint federal judges who rubber-stamp the president’s extreme agenda and serve the interests of corporations and the wealthy over the rest of us.
Trump judges’ rulings and dissents are nothing short of a disaster for for our rights. Appellate courts often serve as the final word on many key legal rights and civil liberties that affect our everyday lives. Trump’s appointees are rolling back those rights — and because federal judges have tenure for life, the impact of their decision will last for a generation or longer.