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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blocked an amendment to a Senate resolution intended to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) attempted to add language to it emphasizing that her “dying wish” was to be replaced after the inauguration.

In what is already turning into a heated Senate battle over the late justice’s replacement, the ceremonial resolution was tabled on Tuesday after Cruz and Schumer went back and forth on whether it was too politicized, according to The Dallas Morning News.

“Republicans came to us with this resolution, but it ignored Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish — what she called her ‘most fervent wish’ — that she not be replaced until a new president is installed. So we simply have added it to the exact same text of the resolution that the Republicans gave us,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.

“All the kind words and lamentations about Justice Ginsburg from the Republican majority will be totally empty if those Republicans ignore her dying wish and instead move to replace Justice Ginsburg with someone who will tear down everything she built,” Schumer continued. He singled out abortion, gay marriage, union rights, and healthcare as the main issues he fears will crumble under a Trump-appointed justice.

Cruz, in response, said, “Unfortunately, the Democratic leader has put forth an amendment to turn that bipartisan resolution into a partisan resolution.”

“Specifically, the Democratic leader wants to add a statement that Justice Ginsburg’s position should not be filled until a new president is installed, purportedly based on a comment Justice Ginsburg made to family members shortly before she passed,” he added.

Ginsburg reportedly dictated to her granddaughter, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Democrats have since used that as a reason to urge a delay in naming her replacement, but Republicans have maintained that Ginsburg’s wishes are irrelevant to what the Constitution requires.

“That, of course, is not the standard,” Cruz said. “Under the Constitution, members of the judiciary do not appoint their own successors.”

The senator floated the idea of adding a statement instead that made note of the fact that Ginsburg opposed court-packing, which many leading Democrats have threatened to do if Republicans replace her.

Schumer hit back, saying, “Justice Ginsburg would easily see through the legal sophistry of the argument of the junior senator from Texas. To turn Justice Ginsburg’s dying words against her is so, so beneath the dignity of this body.”

President Donald Trump has gone so far as to speculate that Ginsburg’s dying wish is a hoax ginned up by Democratic leadership.

Cruz was savaged on social media as news of the failed resolution spread, often without mentioning the reason why.

Author Paul Rudnick likened Cruz to a lint trap, a rotting log, driver’s ed teachers fired for sexual harassment, and a sandwich found in a locker.

Salon writer Amanda Marcotte called Cruz “total scum,” “a misogynist [pig],” and “a hypocrite” who lives off his wife and “takes advantage of women’s gains, and then sh*ts all over [them].”

Writer Kelly Scaletta said, “This is not about her naming her replacement. It is about Ted Cruz not wanting her dying wish read because he doesn’t like her dying wish. Period. Full stop. End of story.”

Many less prominent and anonymous Twitter users railed against Cruz in even more vulgar, mean-spirited ways.

Correction: This article was updated to clarify that Cruz blocked an amendment to the resolution honoring Ginsburg, not the resolution itself.

  • cathy says:

    SEN Cruz…the real Americans salute you. Thank you!

  • Karen Thomas says:

    You know I checked and no where in the U. S. Constitution could I find where it says that a “dying persons request should be honored.” Did I miss something?

    • Intellectual Impaler says:

      If we go down this road of dying wishes, I hope some Republican will slip in my dying wish and it passes. My dying wish is every Democrat gets lined up in front of a firing squad and target practice commences.

  • DAve says:

    Keep it up Democrats. The general public sees right through your shenanigans. We’re not stupid and you’re making it easier and easier for Trump to beat your puppet candidate.

  • george eady says:


  • I could define Democrats as a gang of political jesters.

  • JOHN V HARROLD says:

    Since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg did NOT make the comment to the general public, only possibly to her family members, I think that statement of waiting until after the election shouldn’t be included. Now she DID say publicly in an interview, that she was very much against packing the Supreme Court with more justices, and that there has been 9 justices for a very long time, she felt that 9 justices was a very good number to keep.

  • Robert Carpenter says:

    First off, considering that Ginsberg was a SC justice, she should know the Constitution and as such she should know and in fact does know that it is the sitting Presidents constitutional duty to nominate a successor to a empty seat. She confirmed that in 2016 when she was asked about Obama nominating a successor after they murdered Justice Scalia in a election year. Ginsberg said that yes, the President is the President for 4 years not 3 years and has constitutional duties to perform regardless to being a election year.

    For the fact that she knows of the President’s constitutional duties he “MUST” perform, to claim that her dying wish is to disregard the constitution for her individual and personal request is either total BS made up by family members or shows her complete lack of respect for the constitution.

  • CF