While the still civilized portions of the United States mourn the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg while she lays in state outside the court building that she worked diligently in for 27 years, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has gone against the grain of social norms by insulting the pioneering female jurist before her coffin was even laid in the ground.
The insult came in Senator Cruz’s decision to block an amended resolution honoring Ginsburg because he objected to the language in the resolution concerning her dying wish that no successor be appointed until the results of the upcoming presidential election are determined.
The original resolution, which remarkably was introduced and supported by Senate Republicans, was proposed to include an amendment supported by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) who gave his rationale on the chamber’s floor in support of an amendment that would incorporate Ginsburg’s wishes into the resolution.
“All the kind words and lamentations about Justice Ginsburg from the Republican majority will be totally empty if those Republicans ignore her dying wish and instead replace her with someone who will tear down everything she built,” Senator Schumer declared.
Senator Cruz had a different opinion naturally.
“That, of course, is not the standard,” Cruz said in responce to Schumer’s plea for the amendment. “Under the Constitution, members of the judiciary do not appoint their own successors.”
Cruz accused Schumer of introducing an amendment “to turn that bipartisan resolution into a partisan resolution.”
“Specifically, the Democratic leader wants to add a statement that Justice Ginsburg’s position should not be filled until a new president is installed, purportedly based on a comment Justice Ginsburg made to family members shortly before she passed,” the Texas senator said.
Senator Schumer was not impressed with Cruz’s take on his amendment.
“Justice Ginsburg would easily see through the legal sophistry,” the Minority Leader retorted, insisting that Cruz was turning Ginsburg’s “dying words” against her.
Unfortunately, as a member of the majority controlling the Senate, Cruz’s objection to the proposed amendment was sustained, with the Texas Senator laughably calling the amendment “beneath the dignity” of a Republican-controlled Senate that suppressed evidence in order to save their party’s president from the indignities of an impeachment conviction that he so obviously had earned.
Cruz’s insulting gesture towards Justice Ginsburg’s memory is just one more reason to ensure that Democrats take control of the Senate in this election, as well as the White House.
Too bad that Senator Cruz is not among those who can be voted out of office this term, but hopefully Texas voters will have long memories when he is up for re-election in 2024.
Original reporting by Kaelan Deese at The Hill.
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