Cruz: Trump should nominate a Supreme Court justice next week

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSchumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks Bipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy GOP senators seek to block dishonorable discharges for unvaccinated troops MORE (R-Texas) said President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE should nominate a Supreme Court justice to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgTo infinity and beyond: What will it take to create a diverse and representative judiciary? Justice Ginsburg's parting gift? Court's ruling on Texas law doesn't threaten Roe — but Democrats' overreaction might MORE on the high court next week. 

"We have a responsibility to do our job," Cruz told Fox News's Sean HannitySean Patrick Hannity90 percent of full-time Fox Corp. employees say they're fully vaccinated: executive The Memo: California recall exposes the limit of Trump's GOP Republicans divided on Trump's strength as possible 2024 candidate MORE on Friday evening. "We cannot let Election Day come and go and with a 4-4 court ... we risk a constitutional crisis. I believe that the president next week should nominate a successor to the court ... and I think that it is critical that the Senate takes up and confirms that successor."

Cruz added that there would be "enormous pressure from the media" and Democrats to delay filling the vacancies Ginsburg's death has created, but said "this nomination is why Donald Trump was elected and this confirmation is why the voters voted for a Republican majority in the Senate." 

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The Senator from Texas added that Trump should nominate a "constitutionalist with a proven record." 

Cruz, a graduate of Harvard Law School and one of Trump's staunchest allies on Capitol Hill, was on a short list of candidates Trump released last week as potential Supreme Court justices. 

Ginsburg, one of the court's more liberal justices, died of pancreatic cancer on Friday at the age of 87. 

"She just died? Wow. I didn't know that. You’re telling me know for the first time. She led an amazing life. What else can you say?” Trump said when asked by reporters about Ginsburg's death following his campaign rally in Minnesota. “She was an amazing woman. Whether you agreed or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China MORE (R-Ky.), who opposed former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee Biden congratulates Trudeau for winning third term as Canadian prime minister Republicans have moral and financial reasons to oppose raising the debt ceiling MORE's nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandBipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy DOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership Texas sues Biden administration over guidance on transgender worker rights MORE to the court in 2016, said the upper chamber would hold a vote on a potential Trump nominee before the November election.

"Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise," McConnell said in a statement Friday. "President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."