Trump's judges: a revolution to create a new conservative America - 2020-04-28
For all the extravagant projects of the Donald Trump presidency, and for all its flamboyance and bluster, his makeover of the judiciary – a quieter project that has been ratcheted forward by a network of quieter people – may prove to have the longest and most far-reaching impacts on the daily lives of Americans.
All new presidents change the courts by filling vacancies. But what is only now coming into focus is the impact that Trump's unprecedented number of judicial appointments is having on the courts, ruling by ruling, and on the day-to-day lives of Americans, in areas such as healthcare, voting rights, criminal justice, anti-discrimination efforts and the climate.
"The change is happening. It's happening before our very eyes," said Sheldon Goldman, a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who focuses on the federal bench.