As several members of the U.S. Supreme Court reach their 80s, it is likely the incoming president will have the opportunity to appoint three, maybe four, new justices to the bench — an issue Glenn Beck says the media is largely ignoring.
In July, Justice Anthony Kennedy will turn 80 years old, becoming the third sitting octogenarian on the high court — only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will turn 83 in March, and Antonin Scalia, who will hit 80 in March, are older than Kennedy. It will the first time since George H.W. Bush entered the White House that a president will inherit three justices that old. And Justice Stephen Breyer, who will be 78 by then, isn't far behind.
As court seems to become more and more polarized on the issues — as shown in the chart below — Beck and his radio show co-host Stu Burguiere argued that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is the best candidate to select incoming Supreme Court justices.
"There is absolutely no one in my entire life that would be better at picking Supreme Court justices than Ted Cruz," Burguiere said.
Beck, who has endorsed Cruz, agreed, adding that he believes the incoming president "will fundamentally transform the United States of America" with his or her Supreme Court appointments.
According to the radio show host, the reason Chief Justice John Roberts, who was nominated by then-President George W. Bush and is not well-liked in conservative circles for vacillating on the issues, particularly Obamacare, ended up on the bench is because he was a "stealth candidate" who didn't have a long record of being conservative, so the Democrats would "get him through."
Ultimately, Beck said Cruz will use his "political capital" to appoint justices who will "base everything they do on the Constitution" because choosing justices is a "long-term win" that "will affect us for the next 20 to 30 years."
"You get Ted Cruz in there ... and they will base everything they do on the Constitution of the United States of America. To me, if you lose just that one point, the fundamental transformation of 2008 stands," Beck said.
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