Cruz calls Dems hypocrites at Gorsuch confirmation hearing
On Monday, Cruz revisited a number of the policies adopted by U.S. presidents of the past – policies that could have been used as ammunition by Republicans against Democratic SCOTUS nominees. This was the former Republican presidential candidate’s attempt to demonstrate the double standard that Democrats used in their line of questioning for Gorsuch.
Look who’s talking …
Cruz drew the following comparison while sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee during Gorsuch’s SCOTUS confirmation hearing.
“Some Democrats slandered Judge Gorsuch as being ‘against the little guy’ because he has dared to rule based on the law – the law that Congress has passed – and not on the specific identity of the specific litigants appearing before him,” he pointed out to his colleagues on Monday, according to TheBlaze. “This is absurd.”
The Texas senator went on to bring up a recent SCOTUS case where the Obama administration ganged up on a charitable nonprofit organization because its conservative worldview on healthcare did not line up with the progressive agenda of the Democratic Party.
“Many of these same critics have spent the last eight years attacking the Little Sisters of the Poor – a Catholic charity of nuns – for having the audacity to live according to their deeply held religious beliefs,” Cruz pointed out to the left-leaning attendees at the hearing. ”You really need to take a long look in the mirror if one day you find yourself attacking nuns – attacking the Little Sisters of the Poor – and the next day you find yourself orating on the need to protect the little guy.”
Justice the right way … not the Left way
The Texas politician then reminded his liberal colleagues what they should and should not be looking for in the next SCOTUS judge.
“A judge’s job is not to protect the little guy or the big guy,” Cruz insisted. “A judge swears an oath to uphold the Constitution and to follow the law fairly and impartially for every litigant – little or big.”
He then addressed the numerous blows dealt by high-ranking Democrats of late – attacks geared to smear Trump’s Supreme Court pick.
“In the past weeks, as well, some of my Democratic colleagues have questioned Judge Gorsuch’s independence and suggested that he needs to answer questions about the actions and statements – and even the tweets of the president who appointed him,” Cruz pointed out.
This led to a follow-up question and answer by the conservative Republican.
“I would ask, ‘Was Justice Ginsburg or Justice Breyer asked about the sexual harassment that had been filed against President Clinton by Paula Jones?’” Cruz rhetorically asked before answering his own question. “No. Neither was asked about that lawsuit.”
Working his way up to the more recent Obama administration, Cruz then brought up the deferential treatment Supreme Court Elena Kagan received from Republicans when former President Barack Obama selected her has a nominee.
“Was Justice Kagan asked about President Obama’s incendiary comments at the State of the Union attacking the Supreme Court for a decision he disagreed with?” Cruz questioned. “No, of course not. Those questions were not asked because they were inappropriate political questions that have nothing to do with the record of the nominee before this committee.”
Despite attacks from top Democrats and the Leftist news media, Cruz assured those at the hearing that Gorsuch would soon be sitting on the bench in America’s highest court.
“Cruz had vowed that Democrats would not filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination previously,” TheBlaze’s Carols Garcia informed. “The media had also taken aim at the nomination with a misleading ‘fake news’ report smearing him as a fascist – based on a joke made during his college days.”