Stephanopoulos began by enjoying video of Cruz in 2016 saying how “there’s an extended custom of the way you don’t do that in an election yr.” Cruz—who now has a beard, most likely within the hope of tricking the general public into considering that he’s a distinct particular person now—started by speaking about how nice Justice Ginsburg was. It’s a pleasant sentiment, a sideshow to obfuscate from the query being requested, and principally self-serving as Cruz spent period of time reminding the viewers that he, Cruz, introduced in entrance of the Ginsburg Supreme Courtroom quite a few occasions. Thanks, Ted, you’re nonetheless a mendacity craven sack of rotten banana peels.
Stephanopoulos, who actually isn’t as much as the duty of urgent folks past the gamesmanship of politics, asks Cruz to confess that his place that the Republican Occasion ought to push by a Supreme Courtroom justice in “an election yr” is extra about politics than precedent. Cruz then goes on a long-winded and fully false journey to elucidate how what the Republican Occasion was saying in 2016 was each that the American folks must be allowed to select the following particular person, and that in so doing, they’ve now made that call without end and so the foundations don’t apply anymore.
It isn’t stunning. It’s an argument that any lawyer with zero scruples would make. Like several and all statements, there are all the time loopholes, and it’s this verbal rationalization that enables folks like Cruz and the individuals who vote for folks like Cruz to fake they aren’t fully and totally filled with shit. However filled with shit they’re, and Cruz is understood for being one of many extra craven power-hungry ogres of the bunch. The remainder of the interview contains Cruz saying that Joe Biden is setting horrible precedents by questioning the upcoming election’s potential validity—one thing that Donald Trump is doing and Biden has solely reacted to. And eventually, Stephanopoulos asks Cruz whether or not or not he would pledge that any viable Supreme Courtroom justice candidate be at the least be a supporter of Roe v. Wade as settled regulation.
SEN. TED CRUZ: Effectively, I don’t imagine that’s the appropriate query to ask.
You possibly can roll your eyes now, however maintain tightly to your seat as a result of …
CRUZ: You understand, I discussed a minute in the past, my ebook I’ve—One Vote Away—that’s popping out in a few weeks. I’ve a whole chapter devoted to how it is best to make Supreme Courtroom nominations.
I virtually obtained vertigo there. Cruz goes on to stipulate the necessity for Republican nominees to have a “confirmed file” of being an extremely right-wing looney toon. The clear need to be president is so grotesque it isn’t a shock that Cruz was trounced by Trump.
The Republican Occasion has made it clear time and time once more that they’ve little or no curiosity in democracy or justice or morality. They’re involved in energy, and extra particularly, sustaining their energy at a time in historical past the place their said ideologies will not be merely unpopular, they’ve been confirmed societal failures. It’s time to win this election, abolish the filibuster, and expand the Supreme Court. We want a democracy of the folks, for the folks, and by the folks.