Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday expressed gratitude for being included on President Trump's updated list of potential Supreme Court nominees, stating there is "no greater responsibility in public service than to support and defend the Constitution of the United States" and calling Trump's inclusion of him on the list "humbling and an huge honor".
Further, new to the list are pro-2A Republican U.S. Senators including Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas.
"Every one of these individuals will ensure equal justice, equal treatment and equal rights for citizens of every race, color, religion and creed", Trump said as he made his announcement at the White House. "Whereas Joe Biden is continuing to hide his unpopular agenda from the American people".
Trump pointed to the need for more conservative judges in the Supreme Court in his Wednesday remarks, citing the threat of a "growing radical movement" that will "fundamentally" change the country.
Several of the judges named in Trump's new list are now serving on lower courts. Cotton suggested he would rule with a far right interpretation of the Constitution.
Also on the list is Daniel Cameron, the Kentucky Attorney General who is now deciding whether to criminally charge three Louisville police officers in the March shooting death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician who was killed when officers entered her apartment with a no-knock warrant during a drug investigation.
"I'm honored that President Trump asked me to consider serving on the Supreme Court and I'm grateful for his confidence", Cotton wrote in a statement emailed to Newsmax.
But Hawley said he had already told Trump that he's not interested.
The high court is now divided 5-4 between conservatives and liberals.
Four of the nine justices are age 70 or older: liberals Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, and Stephen Breyer, 82, and conservatives Clarence Thomas, 72, and Samuel Alito, 70.
Trump's ability to appoint justices will come down not only to winning re-election, but also Republicans retaining control of the U.S. Senate, which confirms federal judicial nominations.
A senator hasn't been added to the Supreme Court in recent decades. He recently said he would implement a "litmus test" for Supreme Court nominees on whether or not they believe the Roe decision was wrongly decided; he criticized the Roe decision as an "act of judicial imperialism" in an interview with EWTN Pro-Life Weekly in August.
Trump in 2017 announced a public list of 25 potential Supreme Court nominees including then-Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh who would go on to be confirmed by the Senate to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy the next year. That was a rather macabre maneuver considering that US Supreme Court justices serve lifetime appointments.
At a presidential debate in October 2016, Trump pledged to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.
"Did you ever see anything like that?"
The president also called on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to release a list of his own prospective nominees.
"The Government's proposed prophylaxis-to protect against the violations of the few, we must burden the constitutional rights of the many-turns the Second Amendment on its head", said the dissent in that case.
"This a great way to remind people of the legacy he's already established for himself in this area".