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Court Packing Won’t Happen, but Calling Out the Court as Partisan Can Work Just as Well

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United States Supreme Court (front L-R) Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., (back L-R) Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

More than any other president in recent history, Donald Trump is content to let his cabinet seats sit empty. At one point this year, almost 40 percent of key leadership positions that require Senate confirmation were unfilled, according to the Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit focused on good governance.

But while Trump is content with major staffing vacancies, he’s been filling the federal judiciary at record speed, appointing over 100 judges in his first term alone. In May, Trump appointed his 38th circuit judge, doubling the 19 circuit judges Barack Obama had appointed at the same mile marker of his presidency. He’s also, unforgettably, enshrined a powerful conservative majority in the Supreme Court with the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. “They are all conservatives who are committed to the principles enshrined in the constitution of the United States!” said Vice President Mike Pence of the recent appointments.

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