The hardest job for President Trump is knowing who is friends are.
With deep state interests dedicated to destroying him, there are few people that he can trust.
And a Republican who was supposedly on his side just colluded with Democrats to betray him.
There are few things that President Trump has been more successful with than judicial nominees. In fact, Trump has confirmed more appeals court judges in the first half of his presidency than any other president before him.
But despite his success, there have been setbacks, and the latest setback is sure to hurt him. Not only does his latest setback mean that one of his nominees won’t be confirmed, it solidifies the fact that a Republican Senator is thoroughly in opposition to him.
When President Trump nominated Ryan Bounds to serve on the Ninth Court of Appeals, it was a solid win for supporters of the president’s agenda. But for Democrats it was a major loss.
With the Ninth Circuit being one of their most powerful avenues to defy Trump, Bounds being on the court would throw a wrench into that dynamic.
So the Democrats launched a plan to stop his confirmation, and it involved smearing Bounds as a racist. They uncovered, and often took out of context, statements Bounds made in college.
Bounds, who is now 45, was highly involved in writing for his student newspaper at Stanford, and made his conservative views known, often calling out left-wing groups on campus who he felt were racially divisive against white students.
When Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) was made aware of the writings by Democrats, he chose to take action. He spoke with his colleague Marco Rubio (R-FL), who joined in with his virtue signaling, and stated his opposition.
With both Scott and Rubio’s commitment to oppose Bounds, it became impossible for him to be confirmed. Those familiar with the situation claim that Scott was convinced to oppose his nomination after being convinced by negative writings put out about Democrats.
But while Scott is claiming that his opposition to Bounds was based on the statements made during college, it could have simply been an excuse.
While Sen. Scott claims that he is a conservative fighter in the Senate, his record brings up some skeletons that cast doubt on that.
Earlier this year following the horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida, while conservatives were defending their Second Amendment rights, Sen. Scott joined with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to trample on those rights.
The two of them introduced a law titled the “Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act,” in order to create a system to more easily allow judges to confiscate guns from Americans.
While the proposal never went anywhere, Scott attempted to pass a bill that would implement more gun control than even former President Barack Obama was able to pass.
The bill allows family members and close friends of gun owners to gain an order from a judge to allow police to confiscate firearms from the gun owner.
After being confiscated, the gun owner would need to prove their innocence in a lengthy and expensive legal process to possibly gain their guns back.
Due process would essentially be dead for gun owners if Sen. Scott’s bill was passed. So when he claims that he only opposed Trump’s nominee on the grounds of the racial comments made, serious doubt should be cast considering his record of betrayal.
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