- Two of the three judges who blocked Biden’s vaccine rules are Trump nominees.
- The judges said Biden’s mandate was a ‘one-size-fits-all hammer’.
- While in office, Trump installed hundreds of judges, reshaping the justice system in the years to come.
Two of the three federal judges who passed a ban on President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate were appointed by his predecessor, Donald Trump.
The case is an example of how Trump’s sweeping actions to reshape the judiciary while in office can be felt long after the end of his term.
The bite’s vaccine rules are being upheld following the decision of a panel of three members of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
On Friday, it issued a statement Friday calling Biden’s rules “spongy overarching,” rejecting a request from the White House to leave the rules standing while the case is being discussed.
The three judges in question who made the call are Kurt Engelhardt, Kyle Duncan and Edith Jones.
Engelhardt and Duncan were appointed to the court by Trump, while Jones was appointed by Ronald Reagan.
All presidents appoint judges whose legal views reflect their own, but Trump took on the task with particular enthusiasm.
Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, told the Associated Press in 2020 that Trump “had basically done more than any president has done in a single period since. [former President Jimmy] Carter for making his mark on the judiciary. “
In addition to selecting three Supreme Court justices, Trump also appointed 30% of the judges now sitting in U.S. appeals courts, the Associated Press reported.
In his single term, Trump appointed more than 230 life-long federal judges, some of whom are in their 30s and could potentially serve into the 2050s.