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Trump's Controversial Judicial Picks Could Shape Court Rulings For The Next '40 Years'

By Collin Gossel

Though the headlines are often stolen by healthcare and tax reform, President Trump's most enduring legacy could be his appointments to the judiciary, as he himself pointed out in a press conference with Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell this past Monday:

The judge story is an untold story. When you think about it, Mitch and I were saying, that has consequences 40 years out, depending on the age of the judge, but 40 years out.

Trump's nominations to the court system have greatly outpaced those of Barack Obama. How is this possible? Well, you may remember Mitch McConnell's efforts in 2016 to deny a confirmation hearing for Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. McConnell, publicly claiming he thought a President in his last year of office shouldn't be making a Supreme Court appointment, destroyed any chances of Garland getting a seat on our highest court. Critics called it a blatantly partisan move that undercut the functionality of our government, while supporters bit their tongue at the opportunity to appoint a more conservative judge in the event of a Republican presidential victory. It went largely unnoticed that McConnell was using similar tactics to block judges for the last two years of Obama's Presidency, leaving a huge number of vacancies for Trump to fill when he entered office.