Since taking office, President Donald Trump has nominated 59 federal and lower court judges, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. That’s more than any president has nominated at this point in his tenure for nearly 50 years. To discuss this aggressive strategy, why he’s been able to push so many judges through, and who these judges are—you guessed it: largely white men—we speak with Christopher Kang, former deputy counsel for President Barack Obama; Kristine Lucius, vice president for policy at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and Sharon McGowan, executive director of strategy at Lambda Legal. Also, we offer a few tips and tricks on how to talk about the judiciary and anything else that may give you heartburn at your Thanksgiving dinner.
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Michele Jawando is the vice president for Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress. Igor Volsky is a vice president at the Center. Sally Tucker is the radio coordinator for Communications at the Center.