Appearing on ABC’s This Week, 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz said he would “absolutely” filibuster anyone that President Barack Obama attempts to appoint to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. On Saturday, Cruz tweeted, “Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement.” Sunday morning, the Texas senator doubled down while speaking with host George Stephanopoulos. “George, the Senate has not confirmed a nominee that was named in the final year, an election year, in 80 years. This is a lame duck president,” Cruz explained. Asked by the host, “Does that mean that you’re going to filibuster anyone that President Obama nominates?” Cruz didn’t skip a beat. “Absolutely,” he said emphatically.
“But, before we get ahead of ourselves,” Cruz continued, “let’s talk about Justice Scalia’s death for a second. I know that we need to work fast and that things are set in motion, but here we are, borderline forgetting a great man who has certainly left his mark in the American justice system. I’ve known Justice Scalia for over 20 years, and I can tell you that there are certain things about his passing that just don’t make sense to me.” “Like what?” Stephanopoulos asked. Cruz replied, “Well, George, first of all, the timing of his death is just ludicrous to me. I mean, God would have never allowed the great Antonin Scalia to be called to meet him at such a perilous time for our country. God has always stood by America, and has always loved Republicans. So, it kind of makes no sense that he’d go and do something like this to us now.”
He added: “Now, I know that there are already countless theories going around about how Justice Scalia was assassinated by the CIA or the Illuminati, or whoever. Even though to a layman that might sound as something plausible, the trained eye cannot be fooled. I know that the Democrats had something to do with it.” “You honestly believe the Democrats would go that far? Who do you have in mind?” the host interjected. Cruz continued, “I absolutely do, George. Now, I don’t think it was Bernie, because, I mean, look at him. He couldn’t kill a mosquito if it bit him in the butt. Hillary and Obama, on the other hand, are much more suspicious to me. And I don’t need to point out why they would do such a horrible thing. They’ve had each other’s back since the beginning of the election race, and the people know that.”
Stephanopoulos inquired, “Well, have you considered the possibility that a Republican might be the culprit?”, to which Cruz answered, “You know, I was just thinking about that. Trump has always been a shifter, now that you’ve mentioned it. He spend 40 years supporting the liberals, and as soon as he realized he’s better off as a conservative, he switches to the GOP as if it’s nothing. But I’ll bet he’s still loyal to his old friends. Or, he might even be in the Illuminati. I mean, it’s no secret that he was recruited by the CIA at a very young age, which is how he was able to avoid being drafted for Vietnam. I’ll have to do my own investigation, no doubt about it. Oh, and if, God forbid, I turn up dead as well, give my vote to Rubio. He’ll do the least damage to this country.”