The founder of Liberty Counsel is commending President Donald Trump for making good on his campaign promise to appoint judges to the federal judiciary who uphold and champion the Judeo-Christian values found in the U.S. Constitution.
The Republican-led Senate made history in 2019 with a record 102 judicial confirmations. That's more than double the annual average over the past several decades, with 102 being the second-highest number of judicial confirmations since America's founding in 1776.
"Judges who interpret the law according to the Constitution are critical for maintaining the rule of law and the proper balance of the three branches of government," asserts Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. "President Trump's legacy in reshaping the federal judiciary to one that respects the rule of law will last for decades."
The legal group notes that of the 102 confirmations this year, 20 were to the U.S. Court of Appeals, bringing Trump's total number of appointed appeals court judges to 50.
"To put this in perspective, President [Barack] Obama appointed 55 appeals court judges during his entire eight years as president," notes a Liberty Counsel press release.
Against all odds
Trump's historic transformation of America's judiciary has taken place in the face of "unprecedented opposition" from the Democratic Party, Liberty Counsel argues – and the historic number of confirmations last year in the Senate "have helped solidify his judicial legacy."
"President Trump is fulfilling his promise to appoint judges who will set aside their personal views and political prejudices in order to protect and honor the Constitution and the rule of law," the legal group adds. "Over the course of his presidency, President Trump has appointed 187 federal judges, including 50 appeals court judges and two Supreme Court Justices."
The president himself referred to it as a "historic restoration" of the judiciary in a November 6 statement. "It is up to us to reclaim our heritage of equal and impartial justice," Trump stated. "It is up to us to re-dedicate ourselves to the traditions and wisdom of our Founders."
Staver commends the president's proactive strategy to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which was compiled by America's Founding Fathers – 97 percent of whom were born-again Christians seeking to uphold biblical principles to guide the law of the land.
"This is a historic time in our nation when President Trump has appointed and had confirmed more judicial nominees than any other president," Staver expresses. "What's more, President Trump has consistently nominated federal judges who are committed to originalism."
It's also evident through his judicial appointments that Trump intends to uphold the integrity of the Constitution for posterity. The average age of his appointed circuit judges is less than 50 years old – which is 10 years younger than the average age of circuit nominees under former President Obama's two terms.