If you want to “drain the swamp,” then there is nothing more important than reshaping the federal courts.To that end, President Trump has been profoundly successful to this point. With the Senate’s confirmation of James Ho, Trump’s pick for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the President has broken the all-time record for first-year judicial appointments. If Trump continues this pace of successfully appointing originalist jurists to the courts, then his Presidency will have been one of the most consequential in recent history. The federal courts are completely out of control. They ignore the Constitution and base their decisions on their own personal political preferences. This is not the rule of law, this is judicial tyranny. If there was ever a swamp that needed to be drained, then the federal judiciary is it. President Trump is off to an excellent start!
President Donald Trump broke the all-time record on first-year judicial appointments to the federal appeals courts on Thursday, as the Senate confirmed James Ho to the U.S. Court of Appeals to the Fifth Circuit, a nominee notable as a racial minority who is outspoken on the importance of constitutional conservatism.
Senators voted 53-43 to confirm Ho of the Fifth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Democrats voted overwhelming against Ho, as they have done for all of President Trump’s nominees to the appeals courts.
Unlike some judicial nominees, Ho is assertive and unapologetic about his adherence to originalism—the judicial philosophy that the Constitution must always be interpreted according to the original public meaning of its words. When senators asked him if he was an originalist, instead of the verbal tap-dance many nominees do to avoid that hot-button term, he answered bluntly, “Yes, I am an originalist.”