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How Texas Could Impact the Future Supreme Court

A primary consideration to vote for a president in 2020 is because he will
“choose hundreds of federal judges, and, in all likelihood, one, two, three, and even four Supreme Court justices,” President Donald Trump said from the White House on September 10, 2020.

“Unfortunately, there is a growing radical-left movement that rejects the principle of equal treatment under law,” he remarked. “If this extreme movement is granted a majority on the Supreme Court, it will fundamentally transform America without a single vote of Congress.”

“Radical justices will erase the Second Amendment, silence political speech, and require taxpayers to fund extreme late-term abortion.”

“They will give unelected bureaucrats that power to destroy millions of American jobs.  They will remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.  They will unilaterally declare the death penalty unconstitutional, even for the most depraved mass murderers.” 

President Trump speaks about Supreme Court, September 10, 2020.

“They will erase national borders, cripple police departments, and grant new protections to anarchists, rioters, violent criminals, and terrorists.”

“In the recent past, many of our most treasured freedoms, including religious liberty, free speech, and the right to keep and bear arms, have been saved by a single vote on the United States Supreme Court.  Our cherished rights are at risk, including the right to life and our great Second Amendment.”

“The outcome of these decisions will determine whether we hold fast to our nation’s founding principles or whether they are lost forever.”


One of President Trump’s first actions when he took office in 2017 was to nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch. A year later Brett Kauvenaugh was nominated.

By the end of his first term, Trump will have confirmed a record number of federal judges — over 300, “all of whom will faithfully uphold our Constitution as written.”

Thursday, the President announced 20 additions to his list of qualified potential Supreme Court nominees.

Of those nominees, two are from Texas. This is important to note because the Lone Star State, at 38, has the most Electorial College votes of any state other than liberal California.

The six states with the most electors are California (55), Texas (38), New York (29), Florida (29), Illinois (20), and Pennsylvania (20).

The two potential nominees include:


 
Ted Cruz is a United States Senator for the State of Texas.  Prior to his election in 2012, Senator Cruz was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP and served as Solicitor General of Texas.  Senator Cruz served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge J. Michael Luttig on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Senator Cruz received his A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

James Ho is a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Prior to his appointment in 2018, Judge Ho was a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP and served as Solicitor General of Texas.  Judge Ho clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Jerry Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He received his B.A., with honors, from Stanford University and his J.D., with high honors, from the University of Chicago Law School.

Other interesting choices are Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a prominent black Republican, and White House lawyer Kate Todd, as well as former solicitors general Paul Clement and Noel Francisco, and US ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau and assistant attorney general Steven Engel.

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