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McConnell Boasts He And Trump Are Packing Federal Courts With Extreme Right-Wing Judges

The horror of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s agenda was on full display on Monday night after he boasted that he and President Donald Trump are “changing the federal courts forever” by packing federal courts with extreme right-wing judges.

“Nobody has done more to change the court system in the history of our country than Donald Trump,” McConnell said at a rally in Kentucky ahead of the state’s gubernatorial election. “And Mr. President, we’re going to keep on doing it. My motto is: Leave no vacancy behind,” he added.

McConnell’s remarks come as Senate Republicans are working to rush through another batch of Trump’s extreme right-wing judicial picks.

The president, in partnership with McConnell, has successfully appointed 150 federal judges and, as the New York Times reported, “a quarter of the nation’s 179 appeals court judges” will soon be Trump appointees.

“It’s not for ordinary Americans, it’s for the rich and powerful, and we have to find a way to stop them. And that’s going to be the elections next year,” Sen. Jeff Merkley said.

“The Trump-McConnell attempt to take over our judiciary has been an astonishing attack on civil rights,” the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights tweeted in response to McConnell’s comments. “But remember: Every single nomination counts. If we stop one anti-civil rights judge, thousands of people could be treated more fairly—for decades.”

As noted by Raw Story’s Jake Johnson, McConnell’s rapid confirmation of Trump’s often unqualified judicial picks has frequently flown under the radar of national news coverage, but advocacy groups have warned that the ongoing takeover of the nation’s federal courts poses a dire threat to decades of progress on civil rights, LGBTQ protections, reproductive rights, and much more.

“Every network should be covering this,” the Leadership Conference said in September after McConnell rammed through four more lifetime judges. “Trump’s dangerous takeover of our courts will last a generation. All who care about our civil rights being protected must speak out and demand better.”

This week, Senate Republicans are working to confirm several more right-wing judges, including White House lawyer Steven Menashi to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York and Halil Suleyman Ozerden to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

“In case you’re wondering what Senate Majority Leader McConnell is doing while he buries civil rights bills in his legislative graveyard, this is it,” said Leadership Conference president Vanita Gupta.

Watch McConnell’s remarks below.


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