Trump continues to rule – El Financiero

It is not only governed from the presidency. Decisions made by presidents during their term can have political and legal consequences far beyond their official term. Donald Trump governed a single four-year term, but his decisions will continue to have important consequences in the daily lives of Americans for twenty years or more.

Since the 1988 election in which the Republicans won the presidency with George H. Bush, they have only won the popular vote in the United States once, in 2004, in the re-election of his son, George W. Bush. In every other election, including the one won by Donald Trump in 2016, Democrats have won the popular vote. Despite almost total Democratic electoral dominance over the past 33 years, the United States Supreme Court is now made up of six Republican-nominated conservative justices, out of a total of nine. Three of those justices were promoted by the Bush father and son, and three by Trump. Having a conservative majority on the Court has allowed them to make decisions such as the reversal of the decision called Roe v. Wade, which legalized the right to terminate pregnancy at the federal level. And from what is known, the conservative magistrates will continue to impose their majority to overturn previous decisions of the Court on civil rights and liberties, such as equal marriage and other issues that already seemed like battles won.

This contradictory situation is the product of the particular characteristics of the strange US electoral system, which allows presidents to take office without having the majority of the popular vote, but it also responds to a well-planned and executed strategy by the conservatives in that country, a strategy that reached a climax with the arrival of Donald Trump to the presidency. Trump not only promoted with all his political capital and in the face of great obstacles the appointment of three magistrates to the Supreme Court; he has also flooded other levels of the judiciary with conservative judges.

The numbers are staggering: During his term, Trump secured the appointment of three Supreme Court justices, 54 appellate court judges, 174 district court judges, three international trade court judges, and 12 high court judges. circuit of appeals. He also nominated 10 federal trial judges, seven for the tax court, six for the veterans’ affairs court of appeals, two for the military court of appeals, one for the military commissions review court and one in the territorial courts. But that is not all. While Trump nominated roughly the same number of appeals court judges (54) as Obama (55), Trump’s nominated judges are, on average, five years younger. That means they will have more time to make decisions from a conservative perspective, or, to put it another way, they will decide thousands of issues under conservative criteria, over and above the number of decisions that will be made by the older judges proposed by the Democrats, who will naturally retire. or they will die sooner. While the Democrats have been concerned with appointing judges based on criteria of gender equality and promoting the participation of minorities, the Republicans have placed young judges in key positions, who will have plenty of time to build and promote more jurisprudential criteria and to form networks, coalitions and alliances with other judges, lawyers and officials of the judicial system, with which they can expand their power and influence. As President Biden navigates a complex economic and international environment and his popularity continues to slide, Trump and the Republicans continue to govern despite being out of office and failing to win the popular vote through their justices, who take every fundamental decisions that materially change the lives of the citizens of that country.

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