The current empty Supreme Court justice spot has been a topic of debate, but Senator Lindsey Graham thinks he’s got the best person for the job: Ted Cruz. Graham said Cruz should be shortlisted for the position as he knows the courts inside and out after serving as a Supreme Court clerk.
Graham’s comments come at a time when the vacant Supreme Court justice spot, which occurred after the death of justice Antonin Scalia, has been at the center of a number of political discussions. President Obama originally appointed Merrick Garland to the spot, in the hopes a liberal judge would sit on the bench before a Republican-led congress would come to power. But that appointment was stonewalled by Republicans, with Cruz even saying the GOP would block any Democrat-backed nominee. And with Donald Trump winning the election, the whole situation is up in the air.
That hasn’t stopped lawmakers from offering their own recommendations for the spot, including Graham. The South Carolina Senatorsaid he would put Cruz on a shortlist for the vacant position because he is a student of the constitution:
“I would put Ted Cruz on that list. I would suggest that President Trump look within the Senate. There is some talent there. There is no stronger constitutional conservative than Ted Cruz.”
Cruz’s considerations is an interesting one, as his obsession with “lurid details” of the death penalty has not sat well with others. But there is still the possibility that Garland could be appointed, but with a Trump presidency on the horizon, that is looking less likely.