The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed another judge to serve a lifetime appointment on a prominent court, and Democrats are furious.
The Senate voted 52-46 this week to confirm Eric Murphy to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The confirmation is significant because it gives President Donald Trump another young, conservative judge a lifetime appointment on a critical appeals court.
The #Senate confirmed the nomination of Eric Murphy to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court on a party line vote of 52-46.
Not voting: Sens Jones & Perdue.
One more vote today; at 1:45 pm – Confirmation of the nomination of John Fleming to be Asst Sec of Commerce for Economic Development.
— Senate Press Gallery (@SenatePress) March 7, 2019
As noted by Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur, this is the 90th judge Trump has successfully nominated since he took office two years ago.
“[Donald Trump] has now put 90 judges on the U.S. courts for lifetime-tenured jobs. Ninety. 54 district court judges, 34 circuit court judges, 2 Supreme Court justices,” Kapur wrote.
“These are young conservatives—mostly aged 40s or 50s, some 30s. They will shape the law for generations,” he added.
.@realDonaldTrump has now put 90 judges on the U.S. courts for lifetime-tenured jobs.
54 district court judges, 34 circuit court judges, 2 Supreme Court justices.
These are young conservatives—mostly aged 40s or 50s, some 30s.
They will shape the law for generations.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 7, 2019
Soon after the confirmation vote, Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown — who many thought was running for president but announced he was staying in the Senate — attacked Murphy as being “far right” and “inexperienced.”
Check out his remarks below:
Republicans continue to put their thumbs on the scale of justice by nominating far-right, inexperienced judges who’ll put special interests ahead of the people of this country—like Eric Murphy & Chad Readler. Judges who'll try to dismantle our rights.
We must always fight back. pic.twitter.com/q641P5pbwW
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) March 7, 2019
As noted by Newsweek, Trump is on track to appoint nearly one-fifth of all circuit court seats in the country.
In addition to his reshaping of the Circuit Court, Trump had the opportunity to name two justices to the Supreme Court in his first two years. Both George W. Bush and Obama, despite each having served eight years as president, appointed only two justices to the high court.
Trump’s first pick, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed by the Senate in 2017 after a partisan battle over the Supreme Court seat. The seat had been vacated during the last year of Obama’s administration, but McConnell refused to hold any hearings for Merrick Garland, Obama’s nominee, and insisted that the appointment be made by the next president.
Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, faced brutal controversy after several women accused him of sexual misconduct and assault decades before. Kavanaugh denied the allegations, and was narrowly confirmed in a Senate vote of 50-48.
The confirmation of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh gave the Supreme Court its first conservative majority in decades.
Now, Republicans are devising a plan to make judicial appointments move much faster than before by decreasing the amount of debate time on nominees. Democrats can opt to debate for 30 hours, but if Republicans change the rules that time would be reduced to two hours.
Just consider that for a second.
Trump and Republicans have already put a conservative judge on roughly 20 percent of all circuit court seats in the country.
That is a major accomplishment that will be felt for many decades.
Democrats are aware of this, which is why they are so upset.
If Trump is re-elected and serves until 2024, he very well could have the chance to appoint and get a conservative judge on around 40 percent of all circuit court seats.