One of the most important aspects of the 2016 election was control of the balance of the Supreme Court, as the next president will likely have the opportunity to nominate as many as two to five individuals to the nation’s highest court, effectively swaying the ideological makeup for potentially the next few decades.
President-elect Donald Trump put out a list of potential nominees for the position of Supreme Court justice, and while he has vowed repeatedly to pick only someone from that list, there is one name not on the list that continues to pop up as a possible pick.
That person would be Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, formerly a bitter rival of Trump’s in the fight for the GOP presidential nomination, who has now suggested that he would be open to accepting a nomination to serve on the Court, according to the Washington Examiner.
A report via Twitter from conservative activist and organizer Phil Kerpen seemed to confirm that just such a thing could be on the verge of happening, as he tweeted Sunday, “Cruz world source tells me Cruz has told Trump he will accept Supreme Court seat if offered.”
Cruz world source tells me Cruz has told Trump he will accept Supreme Court seat if offered.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) November 20, 2016
While some may express disappointment that Trump might deviate from his list of potential nominees to name Cruz, such an announcement would nevertheless be a good sign of party unity and evidence that grudges will not be held tightly.
It would also serve to place a highly qualified staunch conservative with a strict-constructionist view of the Constitution on the Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, one of several reasons put forward by The Fiscal Times as to why Cruz could be nominated for the Supreme Court by Trump.