Speaking with people in the past, they think that the only people a president nominates to various positions are those within his Cabinet, which often get a lot of publicity. They also think that a president only appoints Supreme Court justices, however they fail to realize that a president nominates all federal judges.
As the nation grew so did the number of federal courts. First you have the Federal District Courts, of which there are a total of 94 Federal District Courts, including ones in US territories. As of 2010 there were 679 judges in the Federal District Courts. Then you have the US Court of Appeals of which there are 11 Circuit Courts of Appeals, plus the District of Columbia Circuit and the Federal Circuit, ruled by 179 federal judges. There are also a number of specialized courts, such as the Court of International Trade, Alien Terrorist Removal court, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and a number of others, each with their own panel of judges.
All toll, there are 874 judgeships in the federal court system – 9 Supreme Court, 179 courts of appeals, 9 Courts of International Trade, and 677 in the district courts. Since 1950, the number of judges in the courts of appeals has doubled and the number of judges for district courts has more than tripled.
One of the duties of every president is to appoint someone to any open judgeship in the federal court system, which means quite a few judges. Each president has historically appointed federal judges who best fits the president’s political and legal leaning – conservative or liberal. Depending upon the number of judges a president appoints, the entire judicial system can change in how they rule in many cases.
Some members of the liberal mainstream media are already blasting President Donald Trump for trying to change the entire judicial system. For example, here are several headlines from just one liberal media source:
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To date, Trump has appointed a 1 Supreme Court Justice, 21 Circuit Court judges and 17 District Court Judges for a grand total of 39.
Compare that to 6 presidents who preceded Trump:
Jimmy Carter – 0 Supreme Court, 59 Circuit Court, 203 District Court = 262
Ronald Reagan – 3 Supreme Court, 83 Circuit Court, 296 District Court = 382
George H.W. Bush – 2 Supreme Court, 42 Circuit Court, 149 District Court = 193
Bill Clinton – 2 Supreme Court, 66 Circuit Court, 310 District Court = 378
George W. Bush – 2 Supreme Court, 62 Circuit Court, 263 District Court = 327
Barack Obama – 2 Supreme Court, 56 Circuit Court, 272 District Court = 329
Every one of these presidents did their best to stack the courts with judges that either ruled on the point of law (Reagan, Bush and Bush) or they stacked the courts with judges who ruled more on political agenda (Carter, Clinton and Obama).
Many of the judges appointed by Obama ruled against the US Constitution, against state and local laws and often ruled on agenda instead of the rule of law. One of his Supreme Court Justices should have recused herself on more than one case, but didn’t because of her liberal agenda. His judges have consistently ruled against Christian business owners and other conservatives. Most of the federal judges who have tried blocking a number of Trump’s agenda items were appointed by Obama, and yet the media is already complaining that Trump is trying to change the judicial system with the few judges he has appointed so far, indicating just how far the media will go to vilify Trump for trying to do the right thing, while still protecting and even glorifying Obama and his judges for doing the wrong and illegal thing.