HuffPost: 2020 Democrats In The Senate Just Helped Trump Confirm His Judges


WASHINGTON ― Democratic presidential candidates in the Senate have been voting in lockstep against President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees all year.

But Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) quietly broke from the pack on Thursday to vote to confirm Rodolfo Ruiz to a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. And Harris joined Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) in voting to confirm Raul Arias-Marxuach to a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) also voted to advance both of those nominees on a procedural step but then didn’t vote on their confirmations.

…“I don’t get it at all,” said Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice, a progressive judicial advocacy group. “What is the incentive for any Democrat running for president to vote for any of these Trump judges? McConnell went nuclear a mere month ago. Now is the time when Democrats should be fighting even harder against Trump’s court packing, not suddenly letting their guard down.”

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