MSNBC’s Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle surprisingly touted on Tuesday President Trump’s progress with stacking lower courts at a faster pace than the previous administration.
“President Trump is altering the rule of law for decades to come,” Ruhle said, noting that 38 federal judges have been added to the bench during the Trump administration, and 80 nominees await Senate confirmation.
“To many of the members of his base who are mostly concerned with abortion issues, or gun control issues, or school prayer, things like that, this is crucially important,” Velshi stated.
Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted that Trump has appointed one eighth of America’s current circuit court judges.
“[Trump] is changing the courts. Brad Parscale is right about that,” Ruhle said.
NBC’s justice correspondent Pete Williams noted that appellate and district courts, where the GOP has had a large influence, decide the majority of cases.
That’s of course in addition to the Republican leaning Supreme Court with Trump’s newest justice, Neil Gorsuch.
“The Republicans it turns out are just better at this than the Democrats are,” Williams said. “They have more of a stable of potential nominees that they’re ready to move on quickly.”
Williams knocked President Obama for building the judiciary at a sluggish pace despite having both a legal background and a Senate majority during his first six years in office.
“Judicial confirmations have become a priority on the floor under Mitch McConnell,” Williams said. “[Republicans are] just doing it more efficiently.”