How Republicans are packing federal courts with conservative extremists

Amid headlines flooded with COVID-19 updates, The New York Times released a report detailing how Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been personally asking veteran conservative judges to retire so that President Trump can fill the vacancies before the next election. “Two-thirds of the appellate judges that have been confirmed in the Trump administration are white men — many of them carrying very extreme views against gay marriage, trying to undermine voting protections and voting rights in this country,” says Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and former head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice during the Obama years. “They’re very young. These people will serve in these positions for a lifetime. Even as we are grappling with the enormous democracy burdens that the pandemic is causing us, let’s not lose sight of what’s happening to our federal courts.”

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