President Donald Trump made headlines when he announced who his next Supreme Court of the United States pick would be, should he need to make another selection.
His shortlist included three well-loved hard-core conservatives, which came as no surprise to anyone. However, the reality of what the conservatives on Trump’s list might do caused a disturbance in the liberal social justice warrior force.
Three of the top candidates who might replace an outgoing Supreme Court justice are Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri as well as Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas.
According to The Hill, Hawley immediately took himself out of the running, saying that he has “no interest in the high court,” however he also added that he looked “forward to confirming constitutional conservatives.”
Cruz seemed pleased with the potential of his residence on the shortlist, saying “It’s humbling and an immense honor to be considered for the Supreme Court. 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.”
Cotton, however, said that he would be “honored” if he were nominated for the United States high court, indicating that he would accept a nomination.
“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 statement according to The Hill.
“The Supreme Court could use some more justices who understand the difference between applying the law and making the law, which the Court does when it invents a right to an abortion, infringes on religious freedom, and erodes the Second Amendment,” he added.
Cotton further infuriated liberals when he tweeted that “It’s time for Roe v. Wade to go.”
The Supreme Court has already had a couple of close calls on pro-life issues since Trump’s last two nominations to the court. In June, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana anti-abortion law in a 5-4 decision with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court’s four liberals.
Similar restrictive abortion laws are standing in other states that abortion lobbyists are itching to knockdown. A fifth conservative justice would make that close to impossible.
Jenny Lawson who serves as the executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, took extreme exception to Trump’s list of potential court nominees as was evidenced by her retaliatory statement:
“Today’s shortlist confirms Trump and his anti-abortion allies in Congress want to place justices on the Supreme Court who will overturn Roe v. Wade, restrict safe, legal abortion, and undermine your civil and reproductive rights. And with another term, he may get the chance to do just that,” Lawson said.
“Promising to appoint even more justices solely because of their opposition to abortion rights is an untenable political position. Planned Parenthood Votes will make sure people understand the courts, their health, and their rights are on the line this November,” Lawson added.
Esquire magazine also had some less than flattering words about the shortlist saying that Trump’s list was “Obviously desperate to find something scarier than the knowledge that he lied the country through the early stages of a pandemic …”
The publication also indicated that the list made them want to “enclose [Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg] in bubble wrap.”
Trump’s release of the shortlist before a vacancy has even been announced seems to be another way of letting Republicans know where his loyalty lies, ahead of the November election and his pro-life dedication will likely ingratiate him to many a conservative.