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President Donald Trump broke the all-time two-year record last week for appointing judges to the federal appeals court and immediately nominated more, while the Senate Judiciary Committee continued this Wednesday to advance still more nominations ahead of the midterm elections, and will hold another hearing next week.
Last year the president broke the all-time record for first-year judicial appointments to the federal appeals courts, when the Senate confirmed 12 of his nominees. The White House immediately made clear to supporters that it would double-down, attempting to break the two-year record by the end of the president’s second year.
The president did so last Wednesday, when Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) forced through a deal with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to confirm 15 judges, including three appellate judges and 12 federal district judges (for the trial-court level). Otherwise, McConnell would have kept the Senate in session. This way, vulnerable red-state Democrats can go home to campaign for re-election.
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President Donald Trump shared a catchy slogan about the Congressional midterm elections on Thursday.
“The choice could not be more clear: Democrats produce mobs, Republicans produce jobs,” Trump said during a campaign rally in Montana.
The crowd applauded and cheered with approval.
Trump said the protesters against Kavanaugh were “paid by Soros” and used professional signs in their rallies at the Supreme Court. “There’s a lot of rigged things going on in this country,” he said.
Trump said that Democrats would try to raise taxes, impose socialism, destroy health care and the Second Amendment, and support open borders. “Democrats have become the party of crime,” Trump said. “They would rather devastate America’s communities than defend America’s borders.”
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◼️Consider yourself warned, America◼️ House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told a gathering at the 92nd Street Y in New York on Sunday that there may have to be “collateral damage” to those Americans who do not agree with the Democratic Party agenda.
Pelosi was being interviewed onstage by Paul Krugman, the left-wing New York Times columnist and Nobel economic laureate who predicted, the day Donald Trump won the presidency, that Trump would trigger “a global recession, with no end in sight.” In a long, rambling monologue, during which she stumbled on her words and appeared to lose her train of thought, Pelosi said: “We have to have total clarity about what we do, when it comes to everything — a woman’s right to choose, gay marriage … whether it’s about immigration, whether it’s about gun safety, whether it’s about climate … I think that we owe the American people to be there for them, for their financial security, respecting the dignity and worth of every person in our country, and if there’s some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it, but it shouldn’t be our original purpose.” It is not clear what Pelosi meant by “collateral damage,” though Democrats have advocated ostracizing and even prosecuting those who do not share their views on climate change.
Democrats like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), have also targeted Trump administration officials for harassment, and Republicans around the country have complained of intimidation and assault on the campaign trail in the run-up to the midterm elections.
On Monday, Pelosi told an audience at Harvard that Democrats would win the election, and the only question was whether it would be a “wave” or a “tsunami.” Pelosi would likely return as speaker of the House if her party wins a majority.