No matter how soon Trump goes away, all Americans will feel the effects of his judicial appointments for decades to come. He’s going around legislatures and using the power of the presidency to undo hard fought battles for reproductive, sexual orientation, immigrant, and even racial rights. The Guardian’s David Smith observes that there’s a clear pattern of appointing right wing judges who are eager to revive arguments that “we had hoped were consigned to the dustbin of history (are) being dusted off and used again in the hope of turning back the clock on the way we treat all Americans.” Even racial segregation may make a legal comeback. So while Trump’s latest shiny thing captures our attention, Smith says it may be like the frog in the water that comes to a boil. Is it too late?

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