When Ted Cruz made his surprise last-minute endorsement of Donald Trump, after previously refusing to publicly support the GOP presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention this past summer, it was widely presumed that the Texas Senator was eyeing another presidential run in 2020 and caved to the Trumpism that was certain to form the base of the party, win or lose in 2016.
But if the also-ran’s top nemesis in the Senate, fellow 2016 GOP also-ran Lindsey Graham, has anything to do with it, Cruz may be riding the Trump train to the Supreme Court instead.
Graham, who described Trump as a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot” and did not vote for his party’s presidential nominee, called on Democrats in the Senate to strike a conciliatory tone with president-elect Trump by pledging to support any Supreme Court nominee put forth by a man he once called a “jackass.”
“I’m here to tell my Democratic colleagues that I voted for Obama’s nominees,” the South Carolina senator told South Carolina’s WYFF-TV on Friday. “I expect them to give Trump’s nominees a fair shake. He won this election. He will pick a conservative. I would put Ted Cruz on that list.”
Graham then argued that there was “no stronger constitutional conservative” in the Senate than Cruz.