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Trump’s Nominees Failing To Reflect Nation’s Diversity

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President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America’s federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to freeze a budding transformation toward a judiciary that reflects the nation’s diversity.

So far, 91 percent of Trump’s nominees to the lifetime positions are white and 81 percent are male, an Associated Press analysis has found. Three of every four are white men, with few African-Americans and Hispanics in the mix. The last president to nominate a similarly homogeneous group was George H.W. Bush.

The shift could prove to be one of Trump’s most enduring legacies. These are lifetime appointments, and Trump has inherited both an unusually high number of vacancies and an aging population of judges.

The White House says Trump is focused on qualifications and suggests that prioritizing diversity would bring politics to the bench.

To read more about the AP’s analysis and view judicial diversity within federal lifetime appointments since President Gerald Ford click here.