Diversity lacking in Trump judicial picks
WASHINGTON – President Trump’s picks for federal judgeships reflect a strikingly different direction when it comes to diversity on the bench – it is the most white and male group of nominees in recent history.
So far, 91 percent of Trump’s 58 judicial nominees for district and appeals courts are white, a pace that would make his appointees the least diverse since the Reagan administration, according to statistics compiled by the liberal advocacy group Alliance for Justice. Only 19 percent of his picks are women, a pace that would make his appointees the most male since the George H.W. Bush administration.
Compare that to President Barack Obama, who made adding diversity to the federal benches a priority in his judicial selection process. Of his 329 appointees, 64 percent are white, the lowest percentage of any president. Forty-two percent are women, the highest of any president, according to the Alliance statistics.
Trump’s “nearly exclusive focus on white males” will only serve to undermine the general public’s confidence in the justice system when they enter a courtroom, said Nan Aron, founder and president of Alliance for Justice.