80 of Trump’s first 87 judicial nominees are white

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Eighty out of President Trump’s first 87 judicial nominees have been white, USA Today reports.

According to USA Today, just one of Trump’s judicial nominees is African-American and one is Hispanic.

Five are Asian-Americans and the other 80 are white.

{mosads}The four previous presidents have nominated black or Hispanic judges to fill at least 10 percent of the open seats on the federal bench.

When former President Reagan was in office, 94 percent of his confirmed judges were white.

When former President Obama was in office, more than one-third of his confirmed judges were minorities, according to USA Today.

“It is most unfortunate,” Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, told USA Today. “It turns the clock back on years of work and effort that went into promoting judicial diversity.”

Nan Aron, president of the liberal Alliance for Justice, said Trump’s nominees are “the product of years-long grooming and a networking process that was put in place by the Federalist Society.”

“They are picking from the most ideologically extreme end of the spectrum,” he said.

Trump has in the past touted his judicial nominees. During his State of the Union address last month, he talked about “appointing judges who will interpret the Constitution as written.”

“Working with the Senate, we are appointing judges who will interpret the Constitution as written, including a great new Supreme Court justice and more circuit court judges than any new administration in the history of our country,” he said.

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