Ted Cruz appears to believe that unless Donald Trump becomes the next president, every Republican member of Congress should make it their mission to ensure that Antonin Scalia‘s vacant bench is never filled on the Supreme Court.
As he campaigned for Republicans yesterday in Colorado, the Texas senator and former 2016 presidential candidate told reporters that SCOTUS has been doing fine despite having only eight justices for nearly a year.
“There is certainly long historical precedent for a Supreme Court with fewer justices. I would note, just recently, that Justice [Stephen G.] Breyer observed that the vacancy is not impacting the ability of the court to do its job. That’s a debate that we are going to have.”
The appointment of a 9th justice has a recurring issue throughout the 2016 campaign. President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to take Scalia’s place back March, but Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and various GOP higher-ups have said that America’s next president should be the one to appoint Scalia’s successor.
Cruz voiced agreement with this view back in February, despite the criticism that Republican senate leaders were engaging in obstructionism by not holding hearings. It is possible that even though Cruz has given Trump his support at long last, he stated this opinion in fear that Hillary Clinton might end up defeating the mogul.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has voiced concern with the obstruction in the past, stating that the court can’t do its job as well with a vacant seat. Several conservative legal figures have also expressed similar concerns recently.
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