This vote was to confirm Wilhelminda Marie Wright, an ultra-liberal judge, to the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. A proponent of “critical race theory,” Wright once argued the right to property, one of America’s most foundational rights, perpetuates racism in America. Rather than reject this judge, who clearly holds views antithetical to the Constitution, Republicans confirmed her for a lifetime appointment. Overall, this vote is one of the latest examples of President Obama packing courts around the country with liberal judges. Judges who have used the judiciary branch to legislate from the bench and usher in and defend radical policies that are unconstitutional. The nomination passed on January 19, 2016 in a roll call vote of 58-36.
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