Trump Score Card
SUPREME COURT: A
1/31/17: President Trump picked Neil Gorsuch for nominee for the US Supreme Court. We give President Trump an A here based on three simple facts.
1: Mr. Gorsuch is more than qualified for the position. He was American federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, earned his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1991, received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Law (Legal Philosophy) from University College Oxford and served as Principal Deputy to the Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.
2: His conservative background aligns with the majority of American population. Most identify themselves as Conservatives.
3: When he was nominated to serve on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by voice vote — which is to say, unanimously. Twelve of the 48 current Democratic senators were also in the Senate then, and not one of the 12 chose to vote against him.
Although Mr. Gorsuch was more than qualified, the Democrats acted to block the vote (even after Republicans helped approve President Obama's first two Supreme Court Justic picks) by using a procedural filibuster.
8/15/17: When it comes to nominating judges to the federal bench, Trump is moving at a breakneck pace. And the number of nominees for vacant US attorney positions, a crucial area, is dwarfing that of the past administration this early on. Mr. Trump (in his first 7 months) has now nominated nearly 60 judges, filling more vacancies than Barack Obama did in his entire first year. There are another 160 court openings, allowing Mr. Trump to flip or further consolidate conservative majorities on the circuit courts that have the final say on 99% of federal legal disputes.