While a large number of conservatives were torn about whether to cast their votes for Donald Trump last year, many were persuaded to do so on the basis of his stated commitment to nominate a constitutional originalist to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Antonin Scalia. Indeed, he greatly pleased those same conservatives when he selected Neil Gorsuch, revered for his disinclination to view the Constitution as a “living, breathing” document, as his nominee to the Court.
Now, it appears that conservatives will continue to be thrilled with what Trump is doing in the way of federal court nominations. A variety of news outlets, including USA Today, reported on Monday that the president is nominating 10 conservatives to federal judgeships.
A couple of the nominees were among the names that made Trump’s list of 21 possible Supreme Court selections back when he was beginning the process in earnest of finding a suitable candidate for that slot. This time around, Joan Larsen, presently a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court, was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras was chosen by Trump as a nominee to the 8th Circuit.
Commenting on the latest round of Trump selections to the federal bench, Carrie Severino, who serves as chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, a political organization devoted to the promotion of conservative judicial appointees, commented, “When it comes to fulfilling his campaign promise to appoint strong, principled judges, Trump is knocking it out of the park. Additionally, Curt Levey, president of the Committee for Justice, a group that advocates for the nomination of strict constitutionalist jurists to federal courts, noted that “the large number of judicial vacancies gives President Trump a historic opportunity to move the federal courts in the right direction -- towards constitutionalism and away from judicial activism -- in just four years.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large