By Jon Dougherty
For decades the U.S Ninth Circuit Court, which embodies Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Guam, and Hawaii, has been populated with Left-wing judicial activists who rule not in accordance with existing law or the Constitution but in alliance with their liberal principles.
In the process, the Ninth Circuit has become one of the most overturned of all federal judiciaries by the U.S. Supreme Court.
But thanks to POTUS Donald Trump and his dedication to appointing constitutionalists to the federal judiciary, things are about to change for the Ninth Circuit, much to the chagrin of the Marxist Democrats who run the states encompassed by it.
With the confirmation of Kenneth Kiyul Lee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, the president is one step closer to bringing sanity back to the court by 2020.
According to National Review’s Ed Whelan, Lee will fill a seat held for decades by “arch-activist Stephen Reinhardt.” Furthermore, there’s nothing but good news for constitutionalists on the horizon, Whelan added:
Up soon for a floor vote—next week, I hope—should be Ninth Circuit nominee Daniel P. Collins. [Update (3 p.m.): Cloture has been filed on the Collins nomination, so it should be voted on next week.] Collins would fill the seat long held by Harry Pregerson, the Ninth Circuit judge with the strongest claim to rival Reinhardt in lawless willfulness.
The appointments of Lee and Collins would give the Ninth Circuit 11 Republican appointees versus 16 Democratic appointees, with two remaining vacancies. At the start of the Trump administration, the Ninth Circuit had 19 Democratic appointees, only 6 Republican appointees, and four vacancies.
Also, Whelan noted, “eight of the 16 Democratic appointees are eligible to take senior status, and a ninth soon will be, but there is no particular reason to expect any of them to elect that option.”
—Start of Trump’s term: 19D 6R
—Next Week: 16D 11R
—Soon: 16D 13R
—By 2020: Probably flipped R https://t.co/qQVUskh7kX
— Undercover Huber (@JohnWHuber) May 16, 2021
As Fox News noted in April, Left-wing groups have reliably turned to the “Ninth Circus” when opposing practically every policy and executive order POTUS Trump has issued.
A top appellate litigator in California and chairman of the California Appellate Law Group told Fox News that those groups are “unlikely to look to other circuits now that the 9th Circuit is turning more conservative,” however.
During his 2016 campaign, Trump committed publicly to appointing ‘conservative’ constitutionalists to the federal courts and to the Supreme Court. He’s kept his word and, thanks to the fact that Republicans have kept the Senate and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has done away with the filibuster rule for judicial nominees (thanks to unprecedented Democrat opposition), federal courts across the country are getting a much-needed infusion of judicial talent focused on constitutionality, not activism.
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