CANDIDATE SLAMS OBAMA, TRUMP … “ART OF THE (D.C.) DEAL”
Other “Republican” U.S. Senators may be softening their positions, but Ted Cruz of Texas is adamant that Barack Obama‘s newly-named U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, not be given a hearing this year. In fact Cruz used the occasion of Garland’s nomination to reiterate his position – while taking a swipe at “deal-making” GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
“Merrick Garland is exactly the type of Supreme Court nominee you get when you make deals in Washington D.C.,” Cruz said. “A so-called ‘moderate’ Democrat nominee is precisely the kind of deal that Donald Trump has told us he would make – someone who would rule along with other liberals on the bench like Justices (Ruth Bader) Ginsburg and (Sonia) Sotomayor.”
According to Cruz, permitting a vote on Garland’s nomination would further empower the executive overreach of the Obama administration – including the rogue Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the latter of which Cruz has proposed eliminating.
“Make no mistake, if Garland were confirmed, he would side predictably with President Obama on critical issues such as undermining the Second Amendment, legalizing partial-birth abortion, and propping up overreaching bureaucratic agencies like the EPA and the IRS,” Cruz added. “We cannot afford to lose the Supreme Court for generations to come by nominating or confirming someone that a dealmaker like Donald Trump would support. Washington dealmakers cannot be trusted with such crucial lifetime appointments.”
Cruz commended U.S. Senate “leader” Mitch McConnell and Chuck Grassley – the chairman of the U.S. Senate’s judiciary committee – for “holding the line” against hearings for Garland. Both Senators voted against Garland back in 1997 when he was nominated to the federal bench by former president Bill Clinton.
We support not giving Garland a hearing … although we find it humorous that the “Republican” Congress waited until the final ten months of Obama’s second term in office to finally draw a line in the sand on something.
Too little, too late …