Talk about an October surprise.
The death of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg less than 45 days out from an election has shaken up the Presidential race like never before.
But President Trump’s replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg just made a major announcement.
One of the reasons conservatives turned out for Donald Trump in 2016 was to ensure the U.S. Supreme Court’s bench is filled with conservative jurists for decades to come.
And in his first term, Trump nominated and saw Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh confirmed.
Now, with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s sudden death, Trump is likely days away from announcing who he wants to replace her.
Many have assumed that the widely known Texas Senator Ted Cruz would be one of Trump’s first picks.
However, Trump might have to find someone else now.
In an interview on Fox News with host Maria Bartiromo, Ted Cruz said he won’t be considering joining the U.S. Supreme Court bench.
“It is deeply honoring,” Cruz stated. “It’s humbling to be included in the list. I’m grateful that the President has that confidence in me.”
While Cruz said he won’t be joining the Supreme Court, he did imply he has his eyes set on a 2024 Presidential ticket instead and saying he wants to be the one fighting to nominate and confirm conservative constitutionalists to our federal courts.
“I want to be in the political fight. I want to be fighting to nominate and confirm three, four, five principled constitutionalist justices.”
Ted Cruz was the runner up in the 2016 Republican Presidential primaries, so it makes sense that he could be eyeing a Republican ticket in the 2024 election since President Trump would be out of office.
But President Trump still has a long list of constitutionalist conservatives that he can pick from that the Republican Senate would likely be quick to confirm to the high court.
Some of those in consideration are reported to be Amy Coney Barrett, Barbara Lagoa, and Allison Jones Rushing.
And despite outcries from the Left and threats of violence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised the Senate will vote on President Trump’s nominee for Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.