Earlier today, President Trump re-nominated two conservative California judges to the 9th Circuit federal appeals court over their opposition. Pressure had come in from conservatives raising their voice in response to picks made earlier by Democrat Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris. The two senators lashed out at the White House for re-nominating conservative judges.
Ken Blackwell, the former Ohio secretary of state, said the White House’s failure to re-nominate the judges was “hugely demoralizing.”
“No deals with Senate liberals,” Blackwell wrote on Facebook.
The liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, with a sprawling purview encompassing nine Western states, has long been a thorn in the side of the Trump White House, with rulings against the travel ban and limits on funding to so-called “sanctuary cities.”
On Thursday, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, praised Trump’s nomination of Collins, Lee and Bress.