Fact Check: Does Trump Have the Most Successful Judicial Nomination Record Since George Washington?

Fred Lucas

Fred Lucas

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Fact Check: Does Trump Have the Most Successful Judicial Nomination Record Since George Washington?

President Donald Trump has had what many would consider a successful record on judicial appointments—and has repeatedly cast that success in historical terms.

“We have many appeals court judges—many—that we’ll have appointed. The courts are a whole different thing,” Trump told a largely teenage audience gathered Tuesday in Washington, before giving them a quiz. “I will be up to 147, not including the two Supreme Court justices. Now, percentage-wise, I blow everybody away except one person. One person I’ll never beat. You know who the one person is?”

The crowd gathered for the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit shouted their answer: “George Washington!”

They had reason to say that. Trump has made the claim in at least four previous speeches.

He played along with the crowd at the Turning Point USA event, asking, “Who?”

The crowd again shouted, “George Washington!”

Trump affirmed the answer.

“George Washington. He’s got 100%. George Washington,” Trump said, adding:

But we’re going to have a tremendous percentage, and after six more years, it’ll go to a level that nobody will even be close.

But George Washington is hard to beat, because he put in 100%. But I have many more than George Washington. Remember that. George Washington didn’t put in too many, but he had certainly the highest percentage.

He’ll never—that will be a record that will never be broken.

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