WASHINGTON — There is a lot of confusing information online about the Trump administration, especially with the election looming. That is why the Verify team exists. To tell you which facts are real, and which are just plain wrong.
We found a claim online shared several different ways, but the gist of it is that President Trump's administration has confirmed 198 judges across the country and not one has been Black.
Has the Trump administration not confirmed a single Black judge?
False, the claim that the Trump administration hasn’t confirmed a single Black judge is not correct.
To give you some context, we compared the numbers between the Trump administration to the Obama administration.
The American Constitution Society shows nearly 4% of President Trump’s judge confirmations have been Black. Under President Obama, 18% were Black.
The demographics of the court nominations have followed a similar suit. Under President Trump, 86% of the judicial confirmations have been white. That's compared to President Obama, where 64% of judicial confirmations were white.
The two are most similar in confirmations of Asian-American judges. Roughly 6% of both presidents' confirmations were Asian-American.
Our researchers dove right into the Federal Judicial Center data. The FJC keeps track of all presidential judge nominations since the beginning of the country. That data includes gender and ethnicity.
The numbers show, so far, the Trump administration has confirmed 203 federal judges. Of that number, eight have been Black.
We checked that data against a study from the American Constitution Society, and the numbers are the same.