Lambda Legal released the third edition of its annual report of judicial nominees, showing how the Trump-Pence administration, with the help of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has filled the federal judiciary with what the organization called "an unprecedented number of unqualified, extremist judges whose records reveal deep hostility for the rights of LGBT people, women, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations."
Among other things, the 2019 report "Trump's Judicial Assault on LGBT Protections: After Three Years of Trump Nominees, Bias and Bigotry Remain the Norm" showed that 36 percent of President Donald Trump's circuit court nominees have a demonstrated history of anti-LGBT bias.
Recently, the U.S. Senate confirmed Lawrence VanDykewho has a long record as an anti-LGBTQ activistto a lifetime appointment on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. VanDyke made news when he cried during his confirmation hearing after being asked whether he would treat LGBTQ litigants unfairly.
Eight of the country's 12 circuit courts are now made up of 25 percent or more of Trump-nominated judges.
The full report is at LambdaLegal.org/Trump-Judicial-Nominees-Report-2019.
Earlier press release with illustrations at www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Lambda-Legal-1-in-3-Trump-Circuit-Court-nominees-demonstrate-anti-LGBTQ-bias-/67666.html .