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Sen. Cruz: 'John Roberts Has Become the New Sandra Day O'Connor'

Michael W. Chapman | October 6, 2020 | 10:29am EDT
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), left, and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), left, and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

During an interview about his new book, One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he believes that Chief Justice John Roberts "despises Donald Trump," which explains Roberts' turning to the judicial left in many prominent rulings. 

Cruz also said that Roberts is the "new Sandra Day O'Connor" on the court; O'Connor was another Republican nominee for the high court who turned out to be a liberal in many of her major rulings. O'Connor was nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Roberts was appointed by President George W. Bush. 

During an interview on Americasvoice.news, host David Brody noted that Vice President Mike Pence had said he was disappointed in Justice John Roberts, and then asked Cruz, "I'm curious to get your take on John Roberts."

Cruz said,  "Yes, I very much agree. I think John Roberts has become the new Sandra Day O'Connor. It is an unfortunate thing. I talk about John Roberts at considerable length in the book. I've known John for 25 years. He was a law clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist, as was I. When he was a practicing lawyer, he was widely considered the finest Supreme Court advocate in the country."

Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.  (Getty Images)
Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. (Getty Images)

"But John, I actually think that much of what is driving it is, I think, John despises Donald Trump,' said Cruz.  "I think it's personal. I think it is difficult to come up with two human beings more antithetical than John Roberts and Donald Trump, in every respect, about everything about their persons."

Cruz continued, "Unfortunately, what Roberts has done in the last couple of years is set aside his role as an umpire, he stood up and put on  a team's uniform, and he grabbed a bat and he is swinging away. It is unfortunate to see, but it is sadly a pattern a lot of Republican nominees in the past have followed as well."

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