Trump hasn’t appointed a single black or Latinx judge

Remember when Trump said a Mexican American judge couldn't be impartial?

CREDIT: Eric Thayer/Getty Images
CREDIT: Eric Thayer/Getty Images

As you may recall, back when Donald Trump was just a candidate for president, he claimed that Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a U.S. citizen born in Indiana, was unable to be impartial towards Trump because of Curiel’s “Mexican heritage.” As president, Trump appears determined to make the judiciary white again.

Since taking office more than a year ago, Trump has appointed 29 individuals to lifetime appointments on the federal bench. According to the Federal Judicial Center, a government agency that tracks judicial data, exactly zero of Trump’s judges are black or Latinx.


Three of Trump’s judicial appointments, Judges Amul Thapar, James Ho, and Karen Scholer, are South or East Asian, according to the FJC — meaning that nearly 90 percent of Trump’s judges are white. By contrast, the census bureau estimates that only 61.3 percent of the U.S. population are white non-Hispanics.

Meanwhile, a total of 55 Trump judicial nominees are currently pending either before the Senate Judiciary Committee or on the Senate floor. According to the liberal Alliance for Justice, exactly one of these nominees is African American and one is Latino (and both men).