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Trump says Ted Cruz on short list of potential Supreme Court justices

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

WASHINGTON, DC -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon named U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as a potential nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump included Cruz among 20 possible picks for the high court if Trump wins a second term in November and a seat later becomes open. The 20 new names come in addition to a group of prospective justices that Trump named during the 2016 campaign — and has since drawn from to fill two vacancies on the court.

Cruz's name has come up before as a potential Supreme Court appointee, and he has said he isn't interested. In a statement released moments after Trump's announcement, Cruz was noncommittal and seemed to suggest he was satisfied with serving in the Senate.

"It's humbling and an immense honor to be considered for the Supreme Court," Cruz said. "In the Senate, I have been blessed to lead the fight to preserve our constitutional liberties —every day, to defend the rights of 29 million Texans — and I look forward to continuing to do so for many years to come.”

Trump also added a second Texan, James Ho, to his list of potential Supreme Court picks. Ho is a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and former Texas solicitor general.

Since Trump locked down the GOP nomination in 2016, Cruz has occasionally fielded questions about the possibility of serving on the Supreme Court, given his background in constitutional law. He usually denies interest and says he is more interested in shaping the court as a U.S. senator and politician.

Four years ago, Trump's commitment to naming the justices he could appoint to the court was one of the reasons that Cruz endorsed him after their bitter primary battle.

Ho, who succeeded Cruz as Texas solicitor general, has earned a reputation as one of Trump's most hard-line picks for the federal appellate courts.

Ho has been pivotal in inching the 5th Circuit, already one of the country's most conservative federal appellate courts, further right. He wrote that the Second Amendment has been treated as a "'second-class' right."

In his very first writing for the court, Ho panned campaign donation limits, writing, "if there is too much money in politics, it's because there's too much government." He suggested a long-serving federal judge had shown bias in allowing a subpoena of a religious group in a lawsuit over the handling fetal remains, decrying "the moral tragedy of abortion." In March 2019, he misgendered a transgender plaintiff.

Another 5th Circuit judge with Texas ties, Kyle Duncan, is also on the list. Duncan, who is from Louisiana, is a former assistant Texas solicitor general.

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        1. He beat loser Beto by at least 220,000 votes. Not even a city and county the size of El Paso could save Beto. During the 2018 election 150,000 El Pasoans voted for Beto. 50,000 voted for Cruz.

  1. One more point comrade turner. Mr Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. I guess making peace in the middle east counts for something. Still trying to find out the reason obama was even nominated much less getting the prize.

    1. Hey MierDave, Trump’s nomination by the Norwegian parliament member for the Nobel Prize is laughable. Far right anti immigration, Islamophobe, Climate change denier and Putin supporter Christian Tybring-Gjeddee’s nomination of the Pussygraber for the Nobel is nothing new. CTG last tried back in 2018 to make Trump a Nobel Prize winner when Trump met his girlfriend Kim Jong Il and nothing came out of their love affair. The only prize Trump will ever have is the Champion Dumbest Useless Bastard for three years in a row beginning in 2016.

  2. “I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch. He is Lucifer in the Flesh.”—John Boehner, Speaker of the House showing Ted Cruz some love back in 2016.

        1. Here is your sleepy joe candidate. Talk about freudian slip.
          Biden botches military coronavirus death count, campaign says he accidentally cited Michigan number. Accidentally hell, he is a real disgrace. His mind is gone. Only 7 military have died due to COVID. Not 6000. What a moron. Just like uxcrement the tranny.

          1. Drink bleach! Only 9k covid deaths! Sell Puerto Rico! If old fart Mierda doesn’t see Trump’s advanced Alzheimer’s that means HE has it worse than his hero Trump the Retard. So sad😣😣😣😣.

          2. The funniest and latest is crazy Joe picked Hillary’s infamous cough. Cough! Cough! Cough! Cough! At the rate he is going he won’t make the November 3 election. He will be in an old folks nursing home.

  3. Rooooooooll the tape! Trump’s big mouth got his ass in trouble AGAIN!!! Stupid enough to sit with Woodward, Mr Watergate himself, and confess to lying to the American people about a world PANDEMIC. Trump to Woodward: Yeah, Bob don’t tell anybody but this virus is 5 times more deadly than the Flu. But I’ll tell the public that it’s just a little flu and that it will disappear like magic. What a Maroon!!! This,folks,is the goofball in charge of the US government. What a Joke!!!

        1. Yep. Pelosi thought everything was under control because you LYING foolish president SAID SO. Meteorologists should follow Trump’s lead and not warn people of incoming tornadoes and instead say it’s just a little wind coming their way!

          1. It had nothing to do with President Trump moron. Queen Piglosi thinks she runs the country so she disregarded anything President Trump said. He mentioned the COVID19 and it’s implications in the Feb 4 SOTU address. But she was too busy tearing up the SOTU address and gloating about the impeachment. BTW – You do know your TDS will get worse. LMAO.

  4. Old man Mierda never got past his baby talk phase. Needs a babysitter to post for him. Stop posting you old fool. You or your babysitter never have anything to say, only silly answers to serious subjects.

    1. No you will be wearing your pink pussy cap, looking up at the sky and crying. This event will be bigger than when crooked Hillary lost back in 2016. Alberto remembers that. He disappeared off of Disqus for a few weeks after she lost and Texas did not turn blue.

  5. Trump Zombies are in the stage of Denial soon to be followed by Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and finally Acceptance of reality as it actually is. I Am no Doctor but even Charlie Brown gets it. Good Grief!

        1. Alberto Velarde aka Mia the tranny knows all about what anti-psychotic meds to use to treat paranoid schizophrenia. Also has man boobs from first hand knowledge from taking the meds. Experience counts. But we already knew you were a schizo. LMAO.

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