Dems Scramble to Offset Trump's Judicial Appointments, SCOTUS Expansion


President Biden is nominating more judicial nominees as Democrats try to undo Trump's legacy in courtrooms around the country.

The Trump administration was able to appoint more than 200 federal judges in just four years. Josh Blackman at the South Texas College of Law Houston says Democrats will probably get nowhere close.

“The lower courts, the Democrats have a very slight majority in the Senate, so they'll be able to fill a lot of the vacancies in the courts of appeal and the district courts,” he says. “It's going to be a little trickier though with the Supreme Court, because they'll need a vacancy to arise and it's not clear there will be a vacancy right away.”

That's why talk continues about possibly expanding and packing the Supreme Court.

“I thinks President Biden is just trying to placate and the play to his base, but there's really nothing that's going to happen in the next two years,” says Blackman.

Blackman says Biden may be able to flip a couple of appellate courts, but the Fifth Circuit will remain conservative for the foreseeable future.


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