The GOP Candidates Pay Tribute To Justice Scalia Before Breaking Into A Southern Brawl

Republican Presidential Candidates Debate In Greenville, South Carolina

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At Saturday evening’s CBS GOP debate, the six remaining candidates attended to an important matter. They paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away earlier in the day. As the men respectfully bowed their heads to the staunchly conservative Scalia, Donald Trump noticeably chose not to do so. The above photo was captured immediately prior to John Kasich lowering his own noggin, so Trump was the only rebel. This was perhaps the most civilized moment of the evening. While there was no protracted torture discussion, the candidates got messy during several instances. They first did so while discussing when (and by whom) Scalia’s successor should be appointed.

Before the debate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell advocated for waiting a full year until Scalia would be replaced. That would be an unprecedented delay, but that’s what the Republican McConnell would like to happen. The GOP candidates took the same stance, for they absolutely don’t want President Obama to replace the master of fiery dissents with a liberal justice. Trump put the matter quite simply: “Delay, delay, delay.”

Next up, Kasich (who acted as the narrator of reason all evening) bemoaned how “not even two minutes after the death of Judge Scalia,” the world argued over who would replace him. That didn’t stop Ben Carson from adding that “we’re not going to get healing with President Obama.” For that reason, Carson thinks a replacement should wait. Marco Rubio agreed and added that “the Constitution is not a living and breathing document,” which was his way of saying another “originalist” should be appointed under the next president. Then Ted Cruz and the moderator clashed over whether a justice has been confirmed in an election year during the past 80 years.

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