In a new op-ed at FoxNews.com, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is strongly encouraging President Donald Trump to nominate his colleague Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to the Supreme Court.
Noting this nomination will be a “defining moment” for Trump’s legacy, Cruz is urging the president to avoid the mistakes of past Republican presidents.
“Past Republican presidents have repeatedly nominated justices who failed to live up to the principles they were selected to represent,” Cruz writes.
“Indeed, many of the worst liberal judicial activists, including William Brennan, John Paul Stevens, and Harry Blackmun – the author of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide – were appointed by Republican presidents. These mistakes haunt the legacies of presidents, a specter they can never shake,” he continues, declaring, “We cannot let this happen again.”
Cruz’s antidote to the mistakes of the past is to pick a nominee who is a known factor, someone who is “battle-tested, ready, and willing to serve: Sen. Mike Lee.”
Mike Lee has a proven track record as a formidable advocate for the separation of powers, for federalism, for the Bill of Rights, and for a limited judicial role that adheres to originalism and textualism in judicial interpretation.
This is the judicial model that made Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas so revered by conservatives, and it is why Justice Neil Gorsuch has been such a strong success for President Trump. And now the president has the chance to do it again with Sen. Lee.
President Trump has spent most of this week interviewing candidates for the SCOTUS nomination. Lee was interviewed by phone on Monday. The president has also spoken with several high-profile candidates from his short list of judges, including federal appeals court judges Brett M. Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Amul R. Thapar, and Raymond Kethledge.
To Cruz, Lee stands out as a consistent constitutionalist, respected by his colleagues in the Senate, and a candidate who would keep Trump’s promises to the American people to “nominate justices ‘in the mold of Scalia and Thomas.'”
“No other nominee fits that mold like Mike Lee,” Cruz writes.
The president will announce his nominee on Monday July 9.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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