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Joint campaign from CREDO, #AllofUs, Color Of Change, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, Presente and UltraViolet Action seeks to slow pace of Trump’s judicial nominations

September 6, 2017 – A coalition of leading progressive groups with millions of members announced a joint campaign today calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to stop advancing judges appointed by a white supremacist who has no respect for the Constitution and the rule of law.

Many of the organizations have launched petitions with the same demand:

Donald Trump is setting a record pace of nominating young, extreme right-wing judges for lifetime appointments to the bench. Extremist Republican senators, with the help of some Democrats, are upending Senate precedent to jam through those nominees as fast as possible.

Letting Trump stack the courts while he and his administration are under investigation for possible collusion with the Russian government was bad enough. Now that Trump, a public racist for much of his adult life, has stood with the violent white supremacists and Nazis who terrorized Charlottesville and pardoned racist civil rights abuser Joe Arpaio, it is even more appalling.

The statistics on Trump’s nominations are chilling:

  • He has nominated 27 federal judges in his first six months, three times more than Obama “and more than double the totals of Reagan, Bush 41 and Clinton – combined.”
  • Before Trump, no president had more than three judges confirmed in their first six months. Trump has had nine.
  • The average age of Trump’s nominees is 48, compared to 55 for President Obama’s early nominees. “That means, on average, Trump’s appellate court nominees will sit through nearly two more presidential terms than Obama’s.”
  • Given the number of judicial vacancies, and the pace of nominations and confirmations, “in just one more year, one-eighth of all cases filed in federal court [could] be heard by a judge [Trump] appointed.”

Statements from the organizations leading the campaign can be found below:

“The white supremacist in the White House is setting a record pace of nominating young, extreme right-wing judges for lifetime appointments to the federal bench,” said Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager at CREDO. “Trump’s court-stacking is an attempt to gut civil rights, women’s rights, voting rights, and institutionalize the Republican Party’s racist, hateful and unpopular agenda for generations,” Hess continued, adding, “Senate Democrats, along with any of their Republican colleagues who have a moral conscience, must step up to block and resist Trump’s nominees.”

“If Donald Trump is allowed to continue to appoint extremist judges at his current record-setting pace, many bedrock democratic principles will be threatened for generations to come,” said Brandi Collins, Senior Campaign Director at Color Of Change. “We will not sit back and watch as the rights we have fought for for decades are swept away. Starting today, we are demanding that Senate Democrats, and the Republicans who have publicly talked about standing up to racism, block Trump’s judicial nominees. These elected leaders should not be rubber-stamping the nominations from a president who aligns himself with Nazis and white supremacist.”

“The Trump administration is demonstrating a profound indifference – if not outright hostility – to the rule of law, from the attempted Muslim ban to the Arpaio pardon to the nomination of outright partisans like John Bush and Kevin Newsom,” said Joan McCarter, Senior Political Writer at Daily Kos. “Trump’s willingness to trample the rule of law can’t be overstated. He cannot be allowed to remake the judiciary in his image.”

“Donald Trump’s full-scale embrace of white supremacy not only poses an existential threat to this country’s values while he remains in office, but also helps place judicial nominees on to benches where they could protect his racist policies for a generation,” said Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director at Democracy for America. “Any Democrat or Republican who claimed they were horrified or concerned by the president’s response to Charlottesville, pardon of known-bigot Sheriff Joe Arpaio or rescission of DACA, has a moral obligation to stop the white supremacist in the Oval Office’s judges from reaching the federal bench.”

“Americans depend on the courts to protect women’s rights, including the right to choose, protections against workplace discrimination and harassment, and Title IX guarantees to keep students safe from campus sexual violence. But with judges like John Bush, who repeated the racist lie that President Obama was not born in the United States, or Kevin Newsom, who equated Roe v. Wade with the Dred Scott decision upholding slavery – our courts risk being remade in Trump’s vision of a sexist, racist America,” explained Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, a leading women’s advocacy group. “With so much at stake, Congress must stop rubber-stamping Trump’s agenda and block these dangerous judicial appointments to protect the independence of our courts. The future of our democracy is a stake.”

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