Trump is politicising the courts – and our judiciary is under threat | Jill Dash
Senate Republicans are wielding their power to control the judicial branch. It will do potentially irreparable harm to democracy
Almost one year into the Trump administration, we have fallen into a disturbingly familiar pattern of looking on as the daily news cycle tracks and parses the president’s latest tweets, decrying the fact that this is not the way things are done around here. But as we look the other way, it is the Senate that he has chosen to erode norms and conventions in how judges are staffed to the federal courts, and which is breaking down our democracy at every turn.
The constitution requires that the Senate provide “advice and consent” on nominations made by the president. But long before Trump was elected, Senate Republicans crossed the ultimate line when the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, calling it one of his “proudest moments”, led his caucus to refuse to hold a hearing for Chief Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s carefully chosen supreme court nominee who had even won accolades from the right.Continue reading...