Texas Senator Ted Cruz called Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court the “most important moment” of the Trump administration so far.
“Well, I think last night’s announcement was a major moment in our country,” Cruz said during an appearance on Fox’s “Fox and Friends” Wednesday morning. “It was the most important moment in the first two weeks of our presidency.”
Cruz praised the selection of Gorsuch, saying he was a “principle constitutionalist judge.”
“Gorsuch is someone who has built, really, a reputation…. simply following the law, following the constitution, upholding the bill of rights, and critically, not trying to impose his own policy preferences on anyone, but rather leaving policy judgments for the elected congress elected by the people,” Cruz said.
The former Republican presidential candidate blasted Senate Democrats, some of whom have already come out in opposition of Gorsuch. Cruz said the election was a referendum on the seat, and the American people decided they wanted the “constitutionalist” Trump promised instead of the “liberal activist” Clinton would have nominated.
This represents a shift in Cruz’s rhetoric. When it appeared Clinton would win the election, Cruz discussed the “long historical precedent” of having eight justices on the court and hinted at a permanent blockade of any Clinton nominee.