FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2019
DEMAND JUSTICE STATEMENT AFTER TRUMP STEAMROLLS CALIFORNIA SENATORS WITH FAR-RIGHT NOMINATIONS TO NINTH CIRCUIT COURT
WASHINGTON, DC—Brian Fallon, Executive Director of Demand Justice, released the following statement Thursday regarding the White House’s decision to defy California’s two Democratic senators by naming a slate of conservative nominees to fill three open California seats on the traditionally liberal U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit:
“The White House clearly caved to conservative pressure in choosing three nominees it knew would be unacceptable to California’s senators. Now the question is, what will the California senators do about it. Dianne Feinstein is the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, but her legacy may soon be that Trump flipped the traditionally liberal Ninth Circuit on her watch.
“This is the court that stood up to Trump’s efforts to deport DREAMers and ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, so it’s no wonder Trump wants to pack it with right-wing judges.
“Perhaps the reason the White House feels confident that it can cross Feinstein and get away with it is because she supports Trump’s judges more than half the time already.
“It is time for Democrats to stop turning the other cheek in the face of Trump’s unimpeded takeover of the courts. If Republicans are going to jam Feinstein on judges from her own state, she should promise now that she’ll return the favor when Democrats retake the Senate. All Democrats should be opposing all of Trump’s judges as a rule, and they should also commit to passing judicial reform when Democrats regain power in order to add seats and restore balance to the courts.”
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