Reid: Cruz, Lee on Supreme Court should ‘scare you’

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday dismissed pitches from conservatives for a hypothetical President Trump to put either Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) or Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on the Supreme Court.

“You know there have been some … suggesting either Mike Lee or Ted Cruz to be on the Supreme Court when Trump’s elected. Try that one on,” he said. “If that doesn’t scare you, there’s nothing that I could say that would scare you.”

{mosads}Conservatives have floated Lee, in particular, as a potential Supreme Court nominee if either Trump or Cruz — who are currently battling for their party’s presidential nomination — wins the White House.

Cruz said earlier this year that Lee, one of his closest allies in the Senate, would “look pretty good” on the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Trump told The Washington Post that he plans to announce a list of potential court nominees from which he could pick.

Reid was asked during a conference about Lee’s argument that the Senate wasn’t required to take up Garland’s nomination “because there is no specific shall language” in the Constitution.

The Senate Democratic leader fired back that Lee “is off in some crazy world of trying to be a Supreme Court legal scholar.”

“It’s a rational, but it’s a very, very shallow rational. The fact is we all have a job to do,” he added.

Democrats have spent months trying to pressure Republicans into caving and giving Garland a hearing and a vote, but GOP leadership has shown no signs of backing down.

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