Sen. Ted Cruz predicted that President Trump will have a second vacancy to fill for the Supreme Court in 2017.
“I think we’ll have another Supreme Court vacancy this summer,” Cruz said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “If that happens, as much as the left is crazy now, they will go full Armageddon meltdown because the next vacancy is where we’ll have the ability to act and restore basic Constitution protections.”
The Texas Republican didn’t elaborate on who he believes will be leaving the court, although Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy is reportedly thinking about retirement.
The remark comes in the midst of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to fill the late Antonin Scalia’s seat on the high court. While Democrats are mulling a potential fillibuster of the federal judge, Cruz thanked former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for changing the fillibuster rules in 2013 to push through former President Barack Obama‘s nominees for lower court positions, saying that it may lead to the changing of the rules again this year to put Gorsuch on the bench.