How Trump Is Reshaping the Courts

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Donald Trump has appointed more federal judges than his predecessor Barack Obama, especially in courts of appeal. Those judges tend to have a strongly conservative agenda including some who have a history of being openly against LGBTQ rights, immigration, and abortion.

According to the advocacy group Alliance for Justice, President Trump has appointed 128 judges as of July 17, 2019. On the equivalent day in the Obama administration (July 17, 2011), Obama had appointed 90 judges. In the appeal courts, Trump has appointed 43 appeal judges, while Obama did only 19. 

Elie Mystal, the executive editor of Above the Law and the legal editor of WNYC’s More Perfect, reported a story about it and profiled seven of those judges for The Nation.

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