We Don't Have To Live With This Judicial Bad Faith
We all laughed when Donald Trump babbled incoherently about his big, beautiful judges. We smirked and said this is just how a showman talks about his accomplishments. These are legal experts. They do not belong to Trump.
It turns out those big, beautiful judges understood perfectly well their assignment when they were appointed by the waddling mob boss in the Oval Office. For these judges were baptized in the fire of judicial bad faith, taught by the toxic Federalist Society and activist judges on the circuit courts and the Supreme Court that they can and should make new legal precedent from whole cloth if it means protecting and advancing the conservative project. They were taught that nothing else matters.
These big, beautiful judges were around before Trump, during Trump's presidency, and they'll be on the bench for a generation after the Big Boy and all his various rivals is six feet under. The right's bad-faith legal project has nothing to do with Donald Trump, who is but a cog in the machine that has and will continue to transform the U.S. judiciary into little more than a backstop for far-right causes.
The face-melting bad faith of Republican appointees to the federal courts is top of mind, of course, because a hack judge named Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee to the Southern District of Florida, did her damndest last week to let Trump wriggle out of yet another jam – this time stealing other nations' nuclear secrets. No biggie.