Lanhee Chen: The Court Legacy for the Trump Era

The United States Senate confirmed President Trump’s 150th judicial nominee last week, marking what Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina called a “historic milestone.”

Indeed, of all the accomplishments that President Trump and Republicans in the Senate will be remembered for, none may be as significant as the remaking of the federal judiciary. President Trump has nominated, and the Senate has confirmed, judges who will respect the rule of law and interpret the Constitution faithfully.

Amongst Trump’s nominees who have been confirmed are two Supreme Court justices; 43 Appeals Court judges; and over 100 District Court judges. These numbers are staggering. But perhaps even more noteworthy is the number of judges who are young enough to serve on their respective courts for a very long time. President Trump hasn’t just altered the federal judiciary temporarily, but has remade it in a way that will have staying power for decades to come. That’s an accomplishment that he—and Senate Republicans—should be proud of.