The report and publicity effort by Senate Democrats on Wednesday suggests they might be looking to use the federal courts as a political rallying cry for their base the same way Republicans did so effectively in 2016 to unite the party behind President Trump and in 2018 to hold on to the Senate majority as Democrats handily took the House.
H/T: Fox News
From the report:
Under the Trump Administration, the Mitch McConnell-led Senate has produced few signicant legislative accomplishments. Instead, it has prioritized packing the judiciary with far-right extremists, who then enjoy life tenure as federal judges. Working hand-in-hand with the administration and anonymously-funded outside groups, the Senate has confrmed 200 new life-tenured federal judges to aggressively remake thefederal courts and rewrite the Constitution.
Most of these judges were chosennot for their qualifcations or experience—which are often lacking—but for their demonstrated allegiance to Republican Party political goals. These judges have already begun rolling back the clock on civil rights, consumer protections, and the rights of ordinary Americans, reliably putting a thumb on the scale in favor of corporate and Republican political interests. From the Supreme Court on down, the special interests responsible for these judges’ selection and confrmation are effectively capturing the judicial branch, packing our courts with politicians in robes.
“They’ve made a lot of progress in the face of headwinds and resistance that’s off the charts.”— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) May 27, 2020
@TomJipping weighs-in on the historical roadblocks the Senate has faced attempting to confirm judicial nominees: https://t.co/N70RYVPLWZ
Democrats rail against confirmation hearings amid pandemic https://t.co/EFNWjIJz2S— DeepClips (@DeepClips) May 28, 2020
Over the last 3 years instead of focusing on legislation to help Americans:— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 27, 2020
Sen. McConnell & Pres. Trump have dedicated almost every ounce of energy to packing the courts with right-wing ideologues who they know will do their bidding#CapturedCourtshttps://t.co/XRfnuAGBch
More than 400 bills are waiting on Mitch McConnell's desk, everything from coronavirus response to climate change to prescription drug prices. But instead of bringing these up for votes, he’s focused on advancing his judicial nominees. #CapturedCourts— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) May 27, 2020
Thanks to GOP court packing— Demand Justice (@WeDemandJustice) May 27, 2020
—voters have to wait in line for hours to vote
—our democracy's overrun by corporate interests
—communities can't act to prevent gun violence
—health care access is under attack
More from @SenSchumer @senstabenow & @SenWhitehouse on our #CapturedCourts https://t.co/SwsxKoCYPW
Read the Senate Democrats 50-plus page report released on Wednesday below.