Mexico is not paying for Donald Trump’s wall. The 2018 tax cut did not give tax relief to middle-class Americans. And no infrastructure or healthcare bills have emerged from this administration. But, the one promise that the president has kept, and perhaps the one that is of greatest importance to his base, is his selection of judges for the federal bench. The president has vowed to appoint judges who share the views and values of the minority of Americans who voted him into office. And he has succeeded. A look at the growing list of judges now occupying life terms in the federal judiciary shows that, as a general matter, they oppose reproductive rights, gay rights, affirmative action, unions, government regulation, any form of gun control, and immigration.
To date, 92 judges selected by Trump have been confirmed: two for the supreme court, 37 for the circuit courts of appeal, and 53 for the district courts (the entry level trial courts). Thirty-nine nominations have cleared the Senate judiciary committee (two appellate and 37 trial court) and are pending Senate confirmation – which means they could be confirmed any day. Twenty-one of these 39 were voted out of committee on a vote of 12-10 (54%) which means on strict party line votes – supported only by Republican senators. Finally, 61 more nominations (six appellate and 55 trial court) have been made. To date, Trump has appointed nearly 22% of the appellate judges with more surely to come. Only six of the 13 circuits have a majority of Democratic appointees and that number will decrease in the remaining months of his presidency.
Dozens of ‘serious’ conduct complaints against Justice Brett Kavanaugh have been dismissed because he was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Federal judges reviewing the complaints made the ruling.
The newest addition to the Supreme Court will reportedly forgo a traditional walk down the court’s steps due to “security concerns.”
Brett Kavanaugh allegedly plans to skip the iconic photo opportunity during next Thursday’s formal ceremony to exercise an “abundance of caution,” according to a court spokesperson.
“[The traditional walk won’t happen] out of an abundance of caution due to security concerns,” said the spokesperson to Bloomberg.
The picturesque walk down the court’s front steps by a new justice after their formal initiation has been done since 1975, starting with John Paul Stevens.
Witches placed a hex on US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during a protest ritual in New York.
The spell, which was livestreamed on Facebook and Instagram on Saturday, was also targeted at “all rapists and the patriarchy which emboldens, rewards and protects them”.
Organisers at the Catland occult bookshop in Brooklyn said the hex was as “an act of resistance and resilience” following the controversy over allegations of sexual assault against Mr Kavanaugh.
Black Magic Witches in Brooklyn Plan Public Event to Hex Kavanaugh, Others
A bookstore in Brooklyn is holding a public event to put a hex on newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh next Saturday night.
Catland Books, in the Bushwick neighborhood of the New York City borough, says that Kavanaugh will be the focus of the event, but it will curse “all rapists and the patriarchy,” too. To promote the “Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh,” the bookstore has sent out invites over Eventbrite.
“[Brett Kavanaugh] will be the focal point, but by no means the only target, so bring your rage and and all of the axes you’ve got to grind,” the invite reads. The event will embrace the powers of witchcraft to bring justice “to those of us who have been wronged by men just like him.”
“South Park” will spoof the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation and other congressional hearings in Wednesday’s episode.
The episode, titled “The Problem With a Poo” — a riff off the title of Hari Kondabolu’s “The Problem With Apu,” a documentary criticizing “The Simpsons” for its portrayal of Indian Americans — will see Mr. Hankey, the show’s anthropomorphized feces/Christmas mascot character, having to testify in defense of his past misbehavior.
In a clip from Wednesday’s episode, Mr. Hankey faces questions from Mr. Waithouse, ostentatiously sniffling and claiming that his previous statements are misinterpreted jokes, both jabs at the newest Supreme Court justice.
On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that it is worrisome that standards on claims of sexual misconduct seem to have changed from the right position of “listen to any woman who says she’s been wronged,” into “automatically believe.”
Maher stated, “I do think that when Trump said, ‘It’s a very scary time for young men,’ yes, let’s get out the world’s smallest violin. But…it does seem like things have morphed from, listen to any woman who says she’s been wronged, which is the right thing to do, to automatically believe. That’s what’s scary.”
Lady Gaga delivered a powerful statement about the debate surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and said that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her, is protecting this country.
“What I have seen on the news with this debate of Kavanaugh versus Dr. Ford, it’s one of the most upsetting things I’ve ever witnessed,” the “A Star Is Born” actress told Stephen Colbert on Thursday.
“I am a sexual assault survivor,” she continued. “Trump the other day was speaking at a rally, and he said, ‘She has no memory of how she got to the party. Should we trust that she remembers the assault?’ And the answer is ‘yes’ … And I also know this woman is smart because she’s a psychologist – she’s no dummy. If someone is assaulted or experiences trauma, there’s science and scientific proof – it’s biology – that people change. The brain changes. What it does is it takes the trauma and it puts it in a box and it files it away and shuts it so that we can survive the pain. And it also does a lot of other things. It can cause body pain. It can cause baseline elevations in anxiety. It can cause complete avoidance of not wanting to even remember or think about what happened to you. But what I believe that have seen is that when this woman saw that Judge Kavanaugh was going to be possibly put in the highest position of power in the judicial system of this country, she was triggered, and that box opened. And when that box opened, she was brave enough to share it with the world to protect this country.
The Wall Street Journal has published a lead editorial Wednesday evening in which it argues the Democrats’ effort to destroy Brett Kavanaugh has reminded anti-Trump conservatives that the left hates them even more than it hates the president.
The Journal further argues that the left has unified Republicans — a seemingly impossible task, given internal divisions over Trump — by reminding them that Democrats’ hatred is not about Trump, but about the raw desire for power at any cost.
As such, the Journal editorial board — which once derided the Tea Party as “Hobbits” — writes, “We’re All Deplorables Now“:
The White House received the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s report on sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and is “fully confident” the Senate will approve his nomination, a spokesman said.
The chamber was expected to receive the report early on Thursday, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Senators were to be granted access to review it during the day before a procedural vote, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday.