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Sen. Ted Cruz blocked a ceremonial resolution honoring the life of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after Democrats, under the direction of Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, tried to use the occasion to push a political message.
The Texas Republican objected to language added to the resolution noting Ginsburg’s reported dying wish that a successor not be chosen until after the election, according to the Texas Tribune.
Speaking from the Senate floor, Cruz said, “Unfortunately, the Democratic leader has put forth an amendment to turn that bipartisan resolution into a partisan resolution.”
His remark being a reference to Schumer, of course.
“Specifically, the Democratic leader wants to add a statement that Justice Ginsburg’s position should not be filled until a new president is installed, purportedly based on a comment Justice Ginsburg made to family members shortly before she passed,” Cruz said.
“That, of course, is not the standard,” he added. “Under the Constitution, members of the judiciary do not appoint their own successors.”
.@SenTedCruz successfully blocked a resolution honoring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
He opposed "partisan" language that noted her dying wish was that her successor wouldn’t be chosen until after the 2021 presidential inauguration. https://t.co/ux67DuSVvO
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) September 23, 2020
In a desperate attempt to stop President Trump and the Republican Party from filling the vacancy on the high court, Democrats and their media allies are pushing what the Ginsburg’s granddaughter said was her “fervent wish,” voiced in the days leading up to her death.
Sen. Cruz took exception to Democrats trying to “politicize” the Supreme Court.
“We are sadly seeing one side of the aisle embrace more and more dangerous and radical proposals, including trying to use brute political force to politicize the court,” he said. “That is not consistent with the Constitution.”
In blocking #RBG resolution, #TedCruz says, “We are sadly seeing one side of the aisle embrace more and more dangerous and radical proposals, including trying to use brute political force to politicize the court. That is not consistent with the Constitution,” @tombenning reports.
— John Gravois (@Grav1) September 22, 2020
Taking to the floor immediately after Cruz spoke, Schumer cited the late jurist in a counter.
“Justice Ginsburg would easily see through the legal sophistry” of Cruz’s argument,” he said, according to the Tribune.
Schumer accused Cruz of using Ginsburg’s “dying words” against her, saying that is “so, so beneath the dignity of this body. I do not modify.”
Cruz, who supports confirming a Supreme Court nominee before the election, would then objected to the resolution, and it did not pass.
Trump is expected to name a nominee by the end of the week, and the ensuing confirmation battle is sure to be the nastiest fight seen on Capitol Hill in a long time — as despicable as the Democrats’ last minute ambush of Justice Brett Kavanaugh was, that will likely pale in comparison.
Unfortunately, for Democrats, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said earlier this week that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the necessary votes to confirm Trump’s eventual nominee.
“We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election,” Graham said during an appearance on Fox News. “We’re going to move forward in the committee. We are going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election. That’s the constitutional process.”
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