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What Happened When Trump
Reshaped a Powerful Court

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Posted By: MissMolly, 12/27/2019 4:46:32 AM

With the help of Senate Republicans, Donald Trump spent the first three years of his presidency remaking the federal judiciary in his own image. The president has appointed 133 district court judges, 50 appeals court judges, and two Supreme Court justices—meaning about one-fifth of the nation’s federal trial judges, and one-fourth of its federal appellate judges, are Trump appointees. These jurists are leading a conservative revolution that will upend decades of precedent and enshrine reactionary policies into the law. The transformation has only just begun.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: seamusm 12/27/2019 5:01:23 AM (No. 272011)
If I were a liberate fool without respect for the US Constitution and I and other similarly deluded jurists were replaced with judges who didn't worship precedent over adherence to the law, it would probably not be correct to consider the change as 'conservatives going on a rampage in an overtly partisan decision' as suggested by this writer.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: 4Justice 12/27/2019 5:46:59 AM (No. 272026)
Reactionary??? NO, that's what the P-p-p-rog....uh, REgressives were doing to the courts with their legislating from the benches... You leftists are the reactionaries with your power-mongering, corruption and contempt for the regular citizens.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: FleetUSA 12/27/2019 6:02:28 AM (No. 272035)
The Constitution is not reactionary. It is settled law. Our settled law.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Wizard of is 12/27/2019 6:05:10 AM (No. 272036)
Don’t waste your time. This is just a leftist’s rant decrying the 5th Circuit’s descent into “reactionary” “lawlessness” otherwise know to many of us as sanity.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: RuckusTom 12/27/2019 6:31:34 AM (No. 272040)
"... upend decades of precedent and enshrine reactionary policies into the law ... " Golly, Mark sounds like he's got the vapors.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: franq 12/27/2019 6:38:37 AM (No. 272042)
Mark Stern is a fool. Too bad, so sad.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: janjan 12/27/2019 6:43:53 AM (No. 272043)
If refusing to fund gender reassignment surgery for transgender felons is ‘descending into lawlessness’ I don’t see much cause for alarm. There is a difference between Constitutional justice and social justice but liberals can’t see it. That’s how they discovered a constitutional right to abortion that does not exist.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: F15 Gork 12/27/2019 7:04:59 AM (No. 272056)
4 more years! You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 12/27/2019 7:30:30 AM (No. 272076)
"The transformation has only just begun." And it's about darned time!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: mobyclik 12/27/2019 7:39:21 AM (No. 272083)
This clown whines more than a three year old in the candy aisle of the local supermarket. What's the matter Markie, afraid your judges can't overturn the will of the people anymore? How many times have voters voted for some sanity in an election and have it overturned by some liberal activist leftwing judge? Thank you, Mr. President.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: raspberry 12/27/2019 7:42:44 AM (No. 272085)
The two greatest accomplishments of this great president are the realignment of the courts and the exposure of the fake media. The third is the promotion of a robust American economy.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: DeplorableVet 12/27/2019 8:26:52 AM (No. 272118)
If the Slate thinks it's bad, then you know it's good for America.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 12/27/2019 8:42:06 AM (No. 272128)
To summarize the article: Left is good, Right is evil; Left is fair, Right is cruel; Left is forgiving, Right is strict. You get the idea. The shoe is now on the other foot and the Commies don’t like it. Too effing bad!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Periwinkel 12/27/2019 8:57:41 AM (No. 272148)
Methinks Mr. Mark Joseph Stern is a bit piqued. No?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rob_NC 12/27/2019 9:06:28 AM (No. 272165)
Poor snowflakes... #resistresistresist ..is becoming "insert Dean scream here"
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Ditto1958 12/27/2019 9:09:16 AM (No. 272174)
“Rush Limbaugh’s most incoherent rants”? This Stern guy is apparently a two-year-old who covers his ears and makes noise when he doesn’t want to hear his mommy scolding him. One may disagree with Rush Limbaugh, but he’s not incoherent.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: VietVet68 12/27/2019 9:28:07 AM (No. 272202)
The article states: "These jurists are leading a conservative revolution that will upend decades of precedent and enshrine reactionary policies into the law". Translation: "These jurists are leading a conservative revolution that will end decades of liberal judicial activism". This is what has liberal panties in a bunch, they won't be able to get from a court that which they can't get at the ballot box. Aw...that's a shame.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: jacksin5 12/27/2019 11:28:31 AM (No. 272344)
Stern's greatest fear is that the Left may have to keep RBG alive for another four years. As it is, I believe they have her in a stasis tank, and only let her out to sign of on whatever her clerks have put together for her.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: bldrrepub 12/27/2019 11:29:38 AM (No. 272346)
The first sentence is wrong. It should read: "With the help of Harry Reid....."
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Reply 20 - Posted by: cor-vet 12/27/2019 12:01:45 PM (No. 272368)
The icing on the cake would be for one of these conservative judges ruling that the impeachment is illegal and shut it down.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: preciosodrogas 12/27/2019 1:05:11 PM (No. 272407)
Mr. Stern need not fall to pieces (don't you get the feeling you want to run and get him a glass of water before he faints). Nonetheless Mr. Stern can take a heart - he still has CJ Roberts in his corner.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Kafka2 12/27/2019 1:49:59 PM (No. 272448)
It is long over due. The so-called "living document" judges have done considerable damage to the Constitution by claiming that the meaning can change with time without amending the Constitution.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: NYbob 12/27/2019 2:23:48 PM (No. 272465)
'Reactionary,' a left lie about anything that opposes their truly evil communist depravity. Stern thinks because he has a lying media at his back, that he has some kind of right to judge what gets shoved down our collective throats. Well too bad for you, too many people are seizing their opportunity to vote for sanity and to push back against filth like Slate and their liars.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Kafka2 12/27/2019 4:28:23 PM (No. 272540)
The answer is straight forward. It reduces legislating from the bench by activist judges.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: globalwarmer 12/27/2019 8:34:39 PM (No. 272654)
It's called "draining the swamp".
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Reply 26 - Posted by: kennedylaw 12/27/2019 11:55:53 PM (No. 272747)
Winning.
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