(NBC News) — BRUSSELS — Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court affirms a peculiar streak in President Donald Trump’s approach to the judiciary: He’s not so anti-establishment when it comes to the nation’s highest court.

Typically, Trump creates and courts crisis — such as launching trade wars with U.S. allies and rescinding protections for immigrant “Dreamers” — to force action on his agenda items. For better and worse, challenging the establishment is his hallmark.

But with the high court, Trump has toed the establishment line — and in doing so, he has unified that part of the GOP with his own political base. That was true when he tapped Neil Gorsuch to join the high court last year, and with his choice of Kavanaugh Monday night.

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