While Democrats have been feverishly trying to boot Donald Trump from the presidency from the moment he took office in 2016, it might be fair to say Trump has been playing payback by changing the federal courts, bringing balance back, including the traditionally liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, and it will be this legacy that liberals can’t stand.
According to Politico, this change from the left toward the right is “threatening Democratic court challenges on everything from abortion to who gets a green card.”
The Washington Post put it bluntly: “After three years in office, President Donald Trump has remade the federal judiciary, ensuring a conservative tilt for decades and cementing his legacy no matter the outcome of November’s election.”
Trump’s total: 187 appointments to the federal bench, and if he is re-elected in 2020, that scorecard will climb even farther. That could be good news for Second Amendment advocates, especially in the West, where state gun control laws in Washington and California are being challenged on federal constitutional grounds.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York, which would never have happened, had Hillary Clinton filled two vacancies on the high court rather than Trump. There are also four other cases seeking Supreme Court review.
The Second Amendment Foundation called on Trump to “make the Second Amendment great again,” and his appointments may well do that. As SAF founder Alan Gottlieb has often observed, “elections matter.” It’s why gun owners need to vote more energetically.
While the establishment press and leading liberals raise fears of a conservative federal court system, conservatives counter that Trump is bringing balance back to the courts, Politico acknowledged.
The Post story, picked up by SFGate.com, said Trump has filled 50 vacancies on circuit courts, twice the number his predecessor had appointed by this time in his first term.
Filling court vacancies with conservative judges and justices is one major reason Trump won the presidency. Another was Clinton’s error of taking Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania too much for granted. She lost them all and the Electoral College votes that went with them.
While the Ninth Circuit has hardly turned into a bastion of conservatism, it is no longer the liberal stronghold it had been before Trump arrived in the Oval Office.
While it hasn’t come in Christmas wrapping, Trump’s gift to conservatives has been to fulfill one of his most important campaign pledges: reshaping the courts. If he earns a second term, this could be the gift that keeps on giving for at least a generation.
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