The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is celebrating a milestone hit by President Donald Trump last week — confirmation of his 200th judicial nominee in the U.S. Senate, bending the judiciary politically to the right for years to come with lifetime federal appointments, many to younger judges.
“Judicial confirmations may be President Trump’s most important legacy,” said CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. “They will shape the nation’s laws on abortion, LGBT rights, voting rights and many other issues long after Trump leaves office.”
As an NRA celebratory email points out, another issue potentially in these judges’ hands will be promoting gun rights over even such minimal, popular gun-control measures as mandatory background checks.“Trump has now filled all federal circuit court vacancies, and appointed more appellate judges than any other president at this point in his presidency. He is closing in on making as many circuit court appointments as President Obama made throughout his two terms in the White House,” stated the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action newsletter sent this week.
Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin points out one of her top issues that Trump’s judicial appointments have impacted. That’s health care.
“Senate Republicans and President Trump have turned to the courts to do what they have been unable to do legislatively — like repealing the Affordable Care Act and its protections,” Baldwin says. “Judges are deciding the fate of Americans’ health coverage, right now. In early March, the Supreme Court agreed to take up a case brought by the Trump administration seeking to strike down the entire ACA and last week Trump made it clear to the court he wants to eliminate protections for more than 135 million Americans with pre-existing health conditions. Courts matter. Elections matter. And that’s why it’s so important that Democrats take back the Senate and elect Joe Biden president.”