Trump Confirms More Federal Judges in First Term than Any President in 40 Years

President Donald Trump often boasts of his accomplishments in nominating federal judges, and for good reason: at the close of his first term, he will have confirmed more judges to the federal judiciary in one term than any recent U.S. president.

As of October 5, according to the Heritage Foundation, Trump has confirmed 218 judges to Article III courts — that is, the “Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. courts of appeals, the U.S. district courts and the U.S. Court of International Trade.”

On October 26, that number will rise to 219 with the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

No president in the past four decades has appointed more judges in a first term. The only one who appointed more was Jimmy Carter, who appointed 248 — but he had the advantage of an expanded federal judiciary.

Under Carter, Congress added 152 new judgeships — nearly one-third of the previous total — and Carter filled them quickly. (Democrats want to expand and “pack” the Supreme Court if Joe Biden wins the 2020 election — not because of a backlog in the courts, which Carter faced, but for ideological reasons.)

Trump has also appointed 53 appellate judges, leaving no vacancies on that level.

Currently, Trump has appointed more than one-fourth of active federal judges. That is a large proportion — but Barack Obama’s appointees still account for nearly 40% of the federal bench, according to the Pew Research Center.

That means Trump will need a second term if he is to establish a solid “constitutional conservative” foundation for the federal judiciary.

There are three things that make Trump’s judicial appointments special. The first is the timing.

Trump won the 2016 election as Senate Republicans were blocking the confirmation of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Had Trump lost, the Court would have had a liberal majority — perhaps for decades.

By filling the empty seat vacated by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, Trump preserved a nominal conservative majority. He will expand it with Barrett’s confirmation.

Second, Trump has appointed an unusually large number of appellate judges. These are among the most powerful judges in the system, and they form the primary pool of candidates for appointment to the Supreme Court. Trump has created a deep bench from which Republican presidents can draw in the future (including himself, if he wins a second term in office).

Third, President Trump’s judicial appointees have been vetted by conservative legal authorities, including the Federalist Society, which promotes the originalist school of constitutional interpretation. Thus, Trump’s appointees are considered more reliably conservative than the nominees of a typical Republican president.

The gains Trump has made could quickly be reversed if Biden wins — not least because his party intends to expand the Supreme Court for the first time in 150 years.

In fact, despite the rapid pace of Trump’s appointments, new vacancies keep opening up on the federal bench. Currently, there are 64 vacancies on the federal bench — over 7% of the total seats. 40 nominations are still pending in the Senate.

A New York Times poll released last week revealed that 58% of likely voters believed the Supreme Court should not be expanded. A majority (57%) of Democrats agreed with the idea of packing the Court; 89% of Republicans opposed it.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His newest e-book is The Trumpian Virtues: The Lessons and Legacy of Donald Trump’s Presidency. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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President Trump Make America Great Again Rally – Erie, PA – 7:00pm Livestream…

Tonight President Trump heads to Erie Pennsylvania for a campaign rally at Erie International Airport. Originally First Lady Melania was scheduled to attend, however she has cancelled due to her virus recovery. The anticipated start time is 7:00pm ET [Livestream Links Below]

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President Trump Shares a Tarmac Debate Prep Session – Video and Transcript…

The new White House communications group is making a big mistake by delaying the uploads of the impromptu pressers.  The problem started about two weeks ago, and has continued to worsen.  This recent example was from yesterday and took 28 hrs to surface.

In this tarmac presser President Trump outlines how the impromptu pressers are part of his debate prep.  He then gives a real-time example.  WATCH:

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[Transcript] –  THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. You know our senator. You know our governor. They’re great — both of them. And they’re doing a terrific job.

We have a big — two speeches today. And we have thousands and thousands of people waiting. There’s never been anything like this, I will say that, with — I’m being very humble. I’ll say that, Jeff. Is that okay? But there’s never been anything like it. We have tremendous crowds. You saw the lines. They formed two days ago.

So we’re going to make two stops. And you’re going to be with us a little bit, and I know you’re going to be with us a little bit.

And we have a very exciting election coming up. We’re doing very well in North Carolina, very well in Florida, very well pretty much everywhere. We’re looking — we’re doing very well. And when people find out really what we’ve done and how good the economy is and how it’s coming back, the numbers are fantastic. So we — we seem to be in very good shape.

Any questions?

Q Stimulus. Can you give us the latest on stimulus talks? On stimulus talks.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, we’re having talks today. We’re discussing it today, very solidly. We’ll see what happens.

Q Have you talked with Leader McConnell?

THE PRESIDENT: Nancy Pelosi, at this moment, does not want to do anything that’s going to affect the election. And I think it will affect the election negatively for her.

So we’ll see what happens. But there are talks going on as we speak.

Q Have you talked with Leader McConnell about this?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t want to comment on that. But the Republicans will come along.

Q Mr. President, why did you criticize Dr. Fauci? Does it have anything to do with his high standing in public sentiment?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I think, really, Dr. Fauci is a very nice man, but we let him do what he wants to do. He gets a lot of television. He loves being on television, and we let him do it. Sometimes he says things that are a little bit off, and they get built up, unfortunately.

But he’s a nice guy. I like him. But he’s called a lot of bad calls. He said don’t wear a mask and he said don’t ban China. They were bad calls. He admits that. And I don’t hold that against him. If I did, I wouldn’t have him. I think he’s a nice a guy.

Q Why don’t you fire him?

THE PRESIDENT: Huh?

Q Why not fire him?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t want to. I don’t want to hurt him. He’s been there for about 350 years. I don’t want to hurt him.

Q You’ve been saying that Dr. Fauci said not to wear a mask, but he’s been saying to wear a mask for months.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, he used to say don’t wear a mask. So, you know, you have people on both sides of it. But I’m okay —

Q So why are you still quoting that?

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me. I’m okay with masks. I like it. I think it’s good. A lot of people like it. This gentleman has done an incredible job in Arizona, and he’s taken a very tough stand. But he’s let his economy grow. And, frankly, if they would’ve done that in Michigan and various other places, where the governor just shut it down for everybody except for her husband.

His attitude — you know, they had a spike, and he let the spike play. And they were careful. And now your state is really in great shape.

GOVERNOR DUCEY: Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: What a job. So proud of him.

Q Your Chief of Staff said today that there will be a lawsuit filed on Section 230 on the tech companies. Is it your —

THE PRESIDENT: Who said that? Who said that?

Q Mark Meadows said that, as soon as today, there could be a lawsuit filed.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, you know —

Q Is that from the White House?

THE PRESIDENT: — they’ve given — they’ve been given great protection. And when they take down people like Charlie Kirk — you know, Charlie Kirk is a terrific person. And I was — I just heard that he was taken down. And how can you take down Charlie Kirk? He’s mainstream conservative but solid as a rock. He represents a point of view, and he’s putting up something from the New York Post, which is a respected newspaper. I’ll tell you what: The biggest winner in this whole thing is a newspaper called the New York Post, the oldest paper in our country.

So what they have done is really — I’m very proud of them.

Q Are you filing a lawsuit? Or is the campaign filing a lawsuit?

THE PRESIDENT: You’ll be seeing very soon.

Q Mr. President, do you understand that when it comes to the science and a new virus, things change; scientists learn new things and that’s why Fauci and some scientists changed their recommendations?

THE PRESIDENT: You don’t understand. I understand well. You don’t understand, and you never have understood.

Q Is this election going to be a repeat of 2016, given the polls?

THE PRESIDENT: I think so. I think we’ll do better than 2016. We’re way ahead of where we were in 2016, and I’ve done things that nobody has ever done. We built the greatest economy in the world, and we’re building it rapidly again.

If you look at Arizona — you look at the job they’ve done. And I’m just leaving other states. I mean, every one of these Republican-run states are doing phenomenally. The Democrat-run states are not, but they’re not going to affect our numbers very much. I think they’re going to open up on November 4th. They’ll be opening up on November 4th.

And, by the way, the fact that Kristen Welker is, you know, a dyed-in-the-wool radical-left Democrat, or whatever she is —

Q It’s not true, Mr. President, and you know it.

Q That’s not true.

THE PRESIDENT: Okay. Okay. And then ask — why are you defending her?

Q That’s not true, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Then ask her: Why did she delete her account? Would you please have her put her account back?

Q Mr. President, you’ve dealt with her, and you know she’s a fine journalist.

THE PRESIDENT: And you know what? It’s not going to affect — I know you want to stick up. It’s not going to affect me. I’m going to be there. But, you know, I told you about the last one, and I was right. And I told you about Savannah Guthrie, and I was right. And I’m telling you about Kristen Welker. Kristen Welker should put all of her statements back on. She deleted her entire account. She shouldn’t do that.

Q What are they going to do with the mics? Are they trying to have —

THE PRESIDENT: The what?

Q Are they trying to have the moderator be able to turn off the mics? Is that what —

THE PRESIDENT: I have no idea.

Q Mr. President, what are you doing to prepare for the debate, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: I’m doing this.

Q (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: What am I doing to prepare? I’m doing this. I’ve done — I’ve done very well in debates. And, you know, you do what you do. You just do what you do.

The last debate, I had two on one. I usually have two on one, at least. And I did well in the last debate, and we did well with Savannah Guthrie, based on reports. But all you can do is — look, you know, you go around; we do interviews with you. This is like — I call this “debate prep.” This is actually tougher than a debate, if you want to know the truth.

Q Will you do the testing before the debate? And will you authorize your —

THE PRESIDENT: Say it?

Q Will you do the testing before the debate? And will you au- —

THE PRESIDENT: The testing?

Q Yes, the COVID testing. Will you authorize your doctors to tell us when —

THE PRESIDENT: Sure. I would have no problem with it.

Q — the last negative before you —

THE PRESIDENT: I’m — not only am I free — positive, or whatever — what would you call it? I’m totally free. Right? Not only am I free, I’m immune, they say. They say if you’ve had it, you’re immune. Now, the question is, are you immune for four months or for the rest of your life? That’s the only thing we don’t know.

Q Will you authorize your doctors to tell you when you tested negative last, before the last event?

THE PRESIDENT: Sure. Is that very important to you?

Q Yes, sir, it is.

THE PRESIDENT: You seem to be so intent. But if it’s so important to you — why is it so important to you?

Q Because we want to know how long you may have been —

THE PRESIDENT: I know. But why? Why?

Q We want to know if you followed the rules from the debate commission.

THE PRESIDENT: I know. But why is it so important to you?

Q Will you authorize your doctors to release that information?

THE PRESIDENT: Look at the dedication. Yeah, my doctors have already given it. You know, my doctors have given more information than has been given on any human being in the history of the world.

Q But have not given that detail, Mr. President.

Q Mr. President, can you tell us why — what your campaign strategy seems to be to call Biden a “criminal”? Why is that?

THE PRESIDENT: He is a criminal. He’s a criminal. He got caught —

Q He was the Vice President of the United States.

THE PRESIDENT: Read his laptop. And you know who’s a criminal? You’re a criminal for not reporting it. You are a criminal for not reporting it.

Q I’m asking your strategy.

THE PRESIDENT: Let me tell you something: Joe Biden is a criminal, and he’s been a criminal for a long time. And you’re a criminal, and the media, for not reporting it. Good luck, everybody. Have a good time. Have a good time.

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McConnell says he’ll support stimulus deal if it’s backed by Trump

October 20, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave the slightest glimmer of hope on Tuesday that a coronavirus economic stimulus package will see the light, saying that he would allow for a deal to be voted on in the Senate if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Donald Trump reach an agreement.

“If a presidentially supported bill clears the House at some point, we’ll bring it to the floor,” McConnell stated at a press conference.

(Watch the full press conference here.)

Negotiations for a second coronavirus relief bill have been stalled since the summer, with Democrats and Republicans playing ping-pong with each other on policy specifics and its price tag. Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have been hashing out this new package deal. The initial relief bill was passed back in the spring.

Whether or not this potential stimulus package will receive a vote before November 3 is uncertain, with McConnell not setting anything in stone. Asked if Senate Republicans would support a bill in the range of $1.8 to $2.2 trillion, McConnell said: “We’d have to see what it was first.”

Casting further uncertainty about a potential deal, other Senate Republicans declined to automatically endorse a potential $1.8 trillion bill and doubted that one of that size could be passed.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Tuesday said: “I think it’s very unlikely that a number of that level would make it through the Senate, and I don’t support something of that level.”

The second-highest-ranked Senate Republican, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), believes that it’ll be challenging to convince enough GOP senators to vote for a bill with that price tag.

“My guess is the leader is going to want to see some evidence that whatever is agreed upon has Republican support to try to convince Republicans over here to be for it,” Thune said.

“Their natural instinct, depending on how big it is and what’s in it, is probably going to be to be against it,” he added.

On Wednesday, the Senate will vote on a separate $500 billion GOP-sponsored COVID-19 relief bill. Additionally, the Senate is set to vote Thursday on whether to confirm of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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McConnell Announces Full Senate Vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Monday Oct. 26th…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced the full senate vote for Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, will take place next Monday October 26.  The nomination is expected to be voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Tuesday that the Senate will vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, Oct. 26.

With a 53-47 majority, and just two Republican senators opposed, Trump’s nominee is on a glide path to confirmation that will seal a conservative hold on the court for years to come.

Without the votes to stop Barrett’s ascent, Democrats have few options left. They are searching for two more GOP senators to break ranks and halt confirmation, but that seems unlikely. Never before as a court nominee been voted on so close to a presidential election.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer decried what he called the “farcical” process to “jam” through Trump’s choice, even as the coronavirus outbreak sidelined GOP senators. (more)

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RNC, Trump Camp launch ‘Seniors Beware’ site to warn of Biden’s health care plan

October 20, 2020

Youtube: Fox News

President Donald Trump‘s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee just launched a new website honing in on former Vice President Joe Biden’s health care plan in an effort to target elderly voters called “Seniors Beware.”

Part of the RNC’s recent $60 million digital ad buy, this comes as the Biden campaign is ramping up its own marketing spending in the 14 days leading up to Election Day.

The website, consisting of just a single page, lists six alleged issues with Biden’s plan for health care. For each of these claims, the webpage lists its numbered sources at the bottom.

In chronological order, the site lists that, under “Joe Biden’s Government Run Health Care Plan”:

  1. It will cost up to $2.25 TRILLION
  2. It will raid Medicare
  3. It will raise taxes
  4. It will provide taxpayer-funded health care to illegal immigrants
  5. It will lead to hospitals being closed
  6. It will lead to the elimination of private health insurance

Throughout the 2020 campaign, health care has proven to be an issue that resonates with a lot of important voter groups, especially seniors. Democrats have made it a centerpiece issue of their 2020 campaign strategy. The Trump campaign will spend about $14 million on advertisements that target seniors and emphasizes protecting Medicare, an RNC official told Fox News.

Another motivating factor for this Trump campaign ad blitz is his current polling among seniors. While President Trump won seniors by 7 points in 2016, a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll says that this time around they support Biden over Trump by 10 points. The true answers and data, however, will only be revealed after the votes are tallied.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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President Trump Supports an Independent Special Counsel to Investigate Foreign Payments to Biden Family…

Earlier this morning President Trump called-in to Fox News for an interview on several topics. During a part of the interview President Trump draws a comparison between confirmed evidence of Hunter Biden selling influence with false accusations of Donald Trump Jr. selling influence.

President Trump discusses the upcoming debate and outlines his support for an independent special counsel to investigate how payments to Hunter by several foreign governments were constructed as a back-door process to purchase action from Joe Biden.

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Given the factual, demonstrable and clearly evidenced institutional biases within the DOJ and FBI, how exactly is a special counsel supposed to be appointed and operated?

Accepting the traditional nature of the approach; yet overlaying the known corruption within the DC institutions; any investigation seems rather futile.

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Heilemann on Whitmer Kidnap Plot: Trump ‘Engaged in Incitement to Domestic Terrorism’

MSNBC national affairs analyst John Heilemann on Monday’s broadcast of “Deadline” accused President Donald Trump of engaging in “incitement to domestic terrorism.”

Heilemann made those remarks about the president’s rhetoric about the FBI thwarted a plot to violently overthrow Michigan’s state government by kidnaping Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI).

Heilemann said, “I think it never hurts to remind people of the context here. The president said liberate Michigan. The president started this fire. Right? He lit the fire. He sparked the match and threw it on the kindling, and then these Wolverine militia domestic terrorist morons came up with a plot not just to kidnap the governor.”

He added, “They were going to put her on trial in the woods. And you know what that verdict was going to be in that trial. So Donald Trump, having lit the fire, now — luckily, law enforcement was able to douse the fire, and here comes the President two weeks from Election Day trying to restart it, and then pour gasoline on top of it — on top of that. I agree with you. I don’t want — I mean, it’s so easy to be hyperbolic about Donald Trump. It’s also easy to just get used to it. It’s like we want to try to find the right way to talk about this. But that is — he engaged in incitement to domestic terrorism, and he’s doing it again. It’s like, you would think that if the man had any moral sense if the man had any political sense if the man — there’s a reason why he’s behind in Michigan. The Governor is more popular than he is.”

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Presidential Debate Commission Will Mute Mics During Final Debate…

In yet another transparent effort to support Joe Biden, the presidential debate commission has announced they will mute microphones during the two minute answer sessions as part of a strategy to assist the promotion of disinformation.

(Via New York Post) The Commission on Presidential Debates has decided to mute microphones to allow each candidate the opportunity for uninterrupted remarks during this week’s final forum.

The mute button will be featured at the start of each 15-minute segment during opening comments, according to the commission. After that time, both mics will be turned on without a mute option to enable debate. (read more)

The Trump campaign responds:

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Debate Commission Will Silence Microphones in Final Debate

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has adopted a new rule ahead of Thursday’s second and final presidential debate and will silence the microphone of the candidate who does not have the floor during the uninterrupted two-minute periods at the start of each segment.

The Commission cited their prior announcement to consider “additional structure” to future debates following the first presidential debate with moderator Chris Wallace. The first debate saw several interruptions from both candidates and Wallace. While Joe Biden (D) set the tone by interrupting first, Wallace later stated that Trump bore the “primary responsibility” for what occurred during the debate.

“The Commission has determined that it is appropriate to adopt measures intended to promote adherence to agreed upon rules and inappropriate to make changes to those rules,” it said in a statement, detailing its plan to enforce the rule:

Under the agreed upon debate rules, each candidate is to have two minutes of uninterrupted time to make remarks at the beginning of each 15 minute segment of the debate. These remarks are to be followed by a period of discussion. Both campaigns this week again reaffirmed their agreement to the two-minute, uninterrupted rule. The Commission is announcing today that in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules. For the balance of each element, which by design is intended to be dedicated to open discussion, both candidates’ microphones will be open.

The CPD added that “neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the measures today” but added that it is “comfortable that these actions strike the right balance and that they are in the interest of the American people, for whom these debates are held”:

The Commission announced the topics for the upcoming debate last week, selected by moderator Kristen Welker, who has established ties to the Democrat Party.

President Trump has already expressed his opinion of Welker ahead of the debate, describing her as “terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters.”

“But I’ll still play the game,” he added. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing?”:

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