As of this afternoon, President Donald J. Trump has appointed-and gotten confirmed-158 life-tenured federal judges who will defend our Constitution, personal freedoms, and the rule of law. A few of the highlights:
President Trump's nominees alone fill one-quarter of the seats on our nation's Circuit Courts of Appeals.
His nominees fill two of the nine powerful seats on America's Supreme Court.
He has seen more Circuit Court judges confirmed by this point in his presidency than any past president in United States history.
"Few legacies will be longer lasting than this judicial one," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote today. "These new judges are principled constitutionalists who have demonstrated excellence and professionalism throughout their legal careers."
Once elected, this President wasted no time fulfilling his pledge to nominate judges who put impartiality and independence above activism from the bench. On day one, the Trump Administration went to work with the Senate to fill crucial vacancies. Fast forward to now, and the result is nothing less than a historic transformation of the judiciary.
The American Founding was built on the idea of separation of powers, President Trump said today. "This system was designed to protect citizens against the unjust concentration of governmental power . . . [but] when judges assume the role of a legislature, the rights of all citizens are threatened."
What that means today: "The impartial and objective judge, who is a faithful servant of the law, is essential to the survival of American liberty."
In just three years, President Trump has nominated and had confirmed two Supreme Court justices, 44 Circuit Court judges, and 112 District Court judges. Today, that historic pace is only accelerating: The President is set to have more judges confirmed this year alone than in all of 2017 and 2018 combined.
Theaverage age of these new circuit judges is less than 50 years old-a full 10 years younger than the average age of former President Obama's circuit nominees. That fact is important. President Trump understands that appointing good, fair judges is one of the most important legacies a President can leave. And thanks to the extraordinary number of young, talented judges he's selected, that legacy is likely to last for decades to come. Even more important than how long judges serve, of course, is what they do once they get on the bench. President Trump has always nominated judges who have a proven track record of standing up for the rule of law as written, not as imagined.
This quote from President Trump's speech today may be the most important:
When judges write policy instead of applying the law, they impose sweeping changes on millions of Americans without the benefit of legislative debate, public rulemaking, or the consent of the governed. As a result, these highly political rulings inflict painful damage on our security, society, and economy-imposing unworkable edicts on businesses, workers, families, and law enforcement.
His promise: "I will do everything in my power to halt judicial activism, and to ensure the law is upheld equally, fairly, and without political prejudice for all of our citizens."