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Stop Justin Walker's Confirmation
Tell your senators to reject Justin Walker's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Walker's nomination is a triumph of nepotism over neutrality. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Walker's political patron, is rewarding Walker by advancing him to a D.C. Circuit judgeship that will not even become vacant until September.
Walker is an extreme right-wing ideologue whose zealous opposition to health care access and relentless, hyper-partisan advocacy for Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court would stand out at any moment in time. Donald Trump and McConnell’s shameful move to advance this nomination right now is especially irresponsible amid the worst public health emergency this nation has faced in more than a century.
Senators must refuse to consider this nomination as people grapple with the pandemic and they must oppose the confirmation of Walker to this lifetime appointment.
Why is this important?
McConnell is calling the Senate back into session during a global pandemic. Instead of focusing on helping the people who are struggling during the public health crisis, he is working to install his political crony into a powerful lifetime role on the federal bench. At only 37 years old, Justin Walker would sit on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for decades to come.
As a partisan operative, Justin Walker helped lead the lobbying campaign for Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. He lauded Kavanaugh for providing a 'roadmap' to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And he made well over 100 media appearances to praise and defend Kavanaugh between June and October 2018.
The influential D.C. Circuit decides important cases that impact our lives. From civil rights protections to issues of national security, some of the most significant issues of our time hinge on the decisions of the D.C. Circuit.
Only a few short months ago, Walker was nominated and confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky despite his far-right record and the American Bar Association's determination that he was unqualified for the position because of his embarrassing lack of trial and litigation experience.
Now, just months later, McConnell is fast-tracking Walker to the powerful D.C. Circuit because of their close relationship.
Trump and McConnell's attempt to pack the courts with lifetime appointees who are unqualified to serve people in America may restart as early as next week. We cannot allow the American judicial system to descend even further into this partisan politicking.
Of Trump's 56 appellate nominations, none are African American. Only one is Latinx. And just 11 are women. His district court nominees are similarly nondiverse. Walker's nomination only worsens Trump’s record on judicial diversity.
Tell your senators to reject Justin Walker.