THE HILL — Ted Cruz warned that America is just “one liberal justice away” from dismantling the First Amendment right to free expression of religion.
Telling “The Wilkow Majority” on SiriusXM that the next president could have the ability to appoint up to four Supreme Court justices, he painted a grim picture of his belief that a liberal majority in the Court would destroy significant protections afforded by the Constitution.
“We are one justice away from the Supreme Court ordering ten commandments monuments taken down at courthouses and city halls throughout this country,” he said.
“We are not far away from them ordering the chisels to come out to take off the crosses and the Stars of Davids on the tombstones of our fallen soldiers.”
He also said a liberal majority of justices would order “veterans’ memorials to be torn down over this country,” give up America’s national “sovereignty to the United Nations and the World Court,” and nix the Second Amendment right to bear arms, as well as push a liberal agenda on abortion.
“We are one justice away from the Supreme Court striking down every restriction on abortion and mandating unlimited abortion-on-demand up until the moment of birth, partial birth with taxpayer funding and no notification,” Cruz said.
“This issue is huge in the next election.”
Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders regularly frame possible vacancies on the Court as reasons why the 2016 election is so important. The pair have said any justice they appoint will be against the Citizens United decision that paved the way for uncapped donations to super-PACs.
Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is the oldest justice at almost 83 years old and has suffered from health problems, but she’s repeatedly tamped down rumors of a pending retirement.
Conservative justice Antonin Scalia is approaching 80, as is Anthony Kennedy, who typically serves as a swing vote. The next oldest justice is Clarence Thomas, the 67-year-old conservative.