Josh Hawley Doesn’t Want Trump’s SCOTUS Endorsement (Thank Goodness). But Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton Do.
President Donald Trump has released a new list of people he would nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court if given the opportunity. It’s terrifying.
Hawley—whose latest round of legislative nonsense is providing a federally funded pay raise for police around the country—has already said thanks but, no thanks to Trump. “I appreciate the President’s confidence in listing me as a potential Supreme Court nominee. But as I told the President, Missourians elected me to fight for them in the Senate, and I have no interest in the high court,” Hawley tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
Given Hawley’s penchant for lying about his record, calling for bogus investigations, and introducing unconstitutional legislation, that’s probably good news. (Although to the extent that Hawley’s rejection signals an intent to run for president himself in 2024…. double yikes.)
No such luck with Cotton and Cruz, however. Both men indicated they may be happy to accept the job of Supreme Court Justice. “I’m honored that President Trump asked me to consider serving on the Supreme Court and I’m grateful for his confidence. I will always heed the call of service to our nation,” Cotton said in a press release.
Cotton followed that up by tweeting: “It’s time for Roe v. Wade to go.”
“It’s humbling and an immense honor to be considered for the Supreme Court,” said Cruz, in a statement that neither rejects the potential nomination nor fully embraces it. “The High Court plays a unique role in defending our Constitution, and there is no greater responsibility in public service than to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Cruz’s statement continued. “In the Senate, I have been blessed to lead the fight to preserve our constitutional liberties”—fact check: false—”and I look forward to continuing to do so for many years to come.”
It’s hard not to notice that the three senators on Trump’s SCOTUS shortlist are all folks
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