Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a leading candidate to become the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has railed about the corruption of Donald Trump’s judicial appointments, where corruption is defined as following the wishes of large conservative donors and enacting the Republican agenda. Other commentators have argued that the president’s judicial appointments put the American experiment in democracy at risk. Ian Bassin, the leader of a left-wing group called Project Democracy, stated that “History is replete with examples of countries that … lost” democracy “because they allowed raw power grabs to capture and corrupt courts.”
But the judges whom Trump has appointed have turned out to be singularly uncooperative conspirators in the assault that Whitehouse and Bassin claim to fear. Not one Trump-appointed judge has supported the president’s claims of a stolen election.
The Supreme Court this week unanimously refused to take up the case challenging his loss in Pennsylvania. Not one justice — including Trump appointees Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanagh, and Amy Coney Barrett — noted any dissent from that ruling.
Nor did any of those three justices dissent from a Supreme Court ruling that dismissed the Texas Attorney General’s suit asking to overturn the result in four states Joe Biden won.
John O. McGinnis is the George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law at Northwestern University and a contributing editor of City Journal, where this piece first appeared.
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