Former Southern Baptist Head: Trump Can Win Over Evangelicals By Vowing To Name Ted Cruz To SCOTUS

Peter Montgomery reports at Right Wing Watch:

Evangelical seminary president Richard Land told the American Family Association’s One News Now today that Donald Trump could help himself “enormously” with social conservatives “if he were to hold a press conference and say that if he is indeed elected president, that he will nominate Ted Cruz to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.”

Land has previously promoted some pretty extreme ideas about the federal courts. Just after the November 2014 elections in which Republicans took control of the Senate, Land called on Republicans not to confirm a single federal judge for the final two years of Obama’s term.

RELATED: In 2012 Land stepped down as head of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission after plagiarizing a Washington Times column which accused the Obama administration of “ginning up racial tension” over the murder of Trayvon Martin.

  • MattM

    I would say Cruz will be a Supreme Court justice when pigs fly, but….

    • Christian1234567

      Cruz scares me more than Trump does. If the devil existed, he would pale in comparison to Cruz. Cruz is sheer evil.

      • Falconlights

        A huge “Blessed be” to that! That being scares the daylights out of me.

      • wmforr

        Trump can do a 180 on any issue in a flash if he thinks it will profit him. Cruz is a True Believer, and there’s nothing more dangerous than that.

    • Good Shot Green

      As if any Congress would confirm him.

    • RickCabral

      Cruz on the Supreme Court! Gad, what an odious thought! (To quote Osgood Conklin). Can anyone think of a horror story more grave?

      • wmforr

        Thanks for the Osgood Conklin reference. Makes us old geezers feel young again. Everyone else can google it.

  • Brad Lathem

    Fuck these theocratic lunatics, I am so sick of this kind of shit. How wonderful it would be if the GOP got murdered – I mean absolutely curbstomped – in November so that they’d get the message. Sigh…a man can dream…

    • Gustav2

      With Trump as the candidate, “He was not conservative enough, not religious enough,” that’s why he lost.

  • Christopher

  • MB
  • PickyPecker
    • Todd Allis

      I ate at Chipotle last week.
      I would rather have manatees choose decisions at random than have Ted Cruz make any important decisions.

      • Capritaur

        Family Guy is actually decent given it’s written by manatees at random.

    • Paula

      5. Eating those fish that I found floating in the lake.

  • Sam_Handwich

    have there been any instances in the past in which a presidential candidate actually *names* possible nominees, as Trump already has?

    it’s one thing to make vague allusions about the “type” of judge you would consider, but quite another to drag them by name, willingly or not, into your campaign rhetoric. i find the whole business quite disgusting

    • popebuck1

      At this point he’s just floating names to see if any of them get a good response. With the vice president slot too. You can tell he’s unaccustomed to choosing between people without having to vote someone off every week.

      • And if he were elected President you can be sure that’s how he’d treat his cabinet positions and staff. There’d be more turnovers than Pillsbury’s got fruit filling.

  • JT
  • Gustav2

    Only a Dominionist will do for the Southern Baptists. Think about that.



      • Statistics Palin
        • TuuxKabin

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          • Statistics Palin

            You’re welcome.

        • HAAAAAAA

          “Instead of a federal government that wages an assault on our religious
          liberty, that goes after Hobby Lobby, that goes after the Little Sisters
          of the Poor, that goes after Liberty University, imagine a federal
          government that stands for the First Amendment rights of every American.”
          Instead of a federal government that works to undermine our values,
          imagine a federal government that works to defend the sanctity of human
          life… and to uphold the sacrament of marriage.

          Yes he did, just a lot more verbosely.

          • CottonBlimp

            Dude, it’s nothing personal or biased here, “StoptheWorldtheTeabaggersWantOff” is just a known quote-faker.

          • HAAAAAAA

            Can you read?
            Its not fake its a succinct version of his words, read them for yourself.
            And this is personal…

          • CottonBlimp

            Even delving super deep into the subtext of what he actually said, he means he wants Christians to have special rights and privileges over gays and non Christians. That “paraphprased” quote implies he wants to kick gays and theists out of the country, which he might well, but it’s extremely dishonest to pretend he actually said so.

            I am not a Cruz supporter, i just think posting easily debunked fake quotes is disingenuous and makes us all look bad. Anyone that actually is a Cruz supporter is going to take a few seconds to factcheck that bullshit quote and come away with a better opinion of Cruz.

          • HAAAAAAA

            “makes us all look bad”
            Us who us you are not me.

            Let me give you a little tip: When you read a politicians speeches it is imperative that you read between the lines. And on the point of dishonesty. You can say “quote implies he wants to kick gays and theists out of the country” and follow it with ” which he might well,” So in essence agreeing with the quote after calling it dishonest. Do you know what I call that, just plain old STUPID.

  • FAEN


  • Christopher

    These people are absolutely clueless!

    • MB

      What did you expect from Suthurn Babbletits ????

    • wmforr

      I remember when everyone on free-r-epubic dot com praised W like he was the second coming. Surely, after four years of a T Rump presidency all his eager fans will wonder, “wuh happen’?”
      Answer: you were played for a sucker, you fool. Again!

  • hiker_sf

    The Ded Crump ticket.

  • MB
    • Christopher

      Might I add…

  • PickyPecker
  • bob

    I would think that is unlikely . If cruz were popular , wouldn’t he be the candidate ?

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Spot on.

  • Sam_Handwich

    and then there’s this…

    everyone in the senate hates Ted. and in the odd event of a Trump presidency, Dems would probably not allow a nomination on the floor after the bullshit we’ve seen this last year.

    • And even if they did, there are enough Republicans who loathe Ted so much they just might vote him down anyway. Though if they saw it as a way of getting him out of the Senate, it might be a tough call.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        But then Ted would always be around for decades around the capital.

  • Richard Land doesn’t seem to realize that one of the things Trump has accomplished was to prove just how much the red-meat GOP base doesn’t actually give a flying fuck about religion or Evangelical Christianism and are mostly xenophobic bigots just looking for excuses to hate everybody who isn’t exactly like themselves. Which Trump gladly provides.

    • MB

      When logic and Southern Baptists collide………….

    • Gustav2

      What?! You mean my Republican self-identifying “Evangelical” in-laws and all the neighbors on their country road don’t ever go to church? I mean their pick-ups never move on Sunday until the Beer Drive-Thru opens in Carey.

      • Can’t miss Sunday football!

        At least that was my dad’s excuse, before he passed on.

    • Ninja0980

      Wait, are you meaning to tell me many of those “Christians” are simply racist bigots at heart?

    • cleos_mom

      The Religious Right has provided most of the marks on the midway since the 1980s; why mess with success?

  • Uncle Mark

    I’m surprised that Ted Cruz hasn’t been named SCROTUM a long time ago !! I’ve always thought he was a natural for that position. Oh…”SCOTUS”… Nevermind.

  • Michael Smith

    Cruz has spent his entire career in the Senate making enemies. Good luck getting even 51 votes to confirm him.

    • Uncle Mark

      Even Miss Lindsey Graham said, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you,”

      • Robincho

        … making Eduardo’s confirmation, it would seem to me, rather a bit of heavy weather, no?…

        • Kruhn

          It’s actually Rafael, which to my chagrin is also my name.

          • Robincho

            And that, let us presume, is where all similarity ceases…

          • Kruhn

            Indubitably! Plus he’s a Cuban who hates arroz congrí, ropa vieja, and Celia Cruz. That’s three strikes on top of the fact that he’s Cuban. *Puerto Rican petty joke here*.

    • Lazycrockett

      and prior to that he worked for the supreme court and I can just guess that amount of hate he garnered there.

      • popebuck1

        I can picture him at Scalia’s feet like Salacious Crumb with Jabba. Scalia probably gave him his table scraps in a silver bowl.

    • turtle73

      That’s the one saving grace he’s got. Never mind that he’s an enemy of the Constitution of the United States. What matters is, he’s also an enemy of pretty much every member of the Senate.

    • janey

      thank you for saying this, I was about to lose my sanity and scream the house down. Now I can relax, a little.

      • Michael Smith

        Plus Trump is no fan of Cruz, and even if he promised to do so a promise from Trump isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

    • Rambie

      Don’t give the GOP’ers that much credit, they’d vote the way they were told.

  • Jmdintpa

    But but but Hillary is the same as republicans so I’m going to flush my vote down the shitter by voting for the Green Party candidate. Jill what’s her name.

  • Oh HELL no!

  • Sam_Handwich

    the VP shit circus continues, with Mike Flynn doing a total 180 on his abortion answer over the weekend, now calling himself “pro-life”!!

    • Gustav2

      Funny that! /s

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      All nuance gone.

  • NZArtist

    Dear Trump. If you elect as VP someone the religious crazies want as president you’d better increase your security force, and hire a food-taster.

  • Mihangel apYrs

    I’m afraid Obama comes over as rather weak leaving the post unfilled (and potentially in danger of a Trump win). I understand the politics, but it is a bad precedent to leave a SCOTUS post empty for too long

    • Sam_Handwich

      he’s not done yet

    • There’s nothing Obama could have done because to fill the Supreme Court seat with a new Justice requires the consent of the Senate, which has a GOP majority right now.

      THEY are the roadblock, not the President.

      • Sam_Handwich

        he could have put Garland in right away, right after Scalia died. Senate was in a recess. but there would likely have been political fallout for Dems, so really not worth risking

        and as it sits now, the SC is down one conservative dinosaur, and things have been going pretty much in our favor

        Obama plays chess, republicans play with their toes

        • clay

          The courts already ruled out that move. Only full recess, between sessions, now counts.

          Wait, won’t they go into recess in the winter between sessions, before the inauguration?

          • TrollopeReader

            yeah, I think there has to be a formal closure of the 114th Congress, and then the opening of the 115th. Not sure how the rules play on that.

        • Lazycrockett

          Well when all is said and done Obama wants to be a team player, he chose a pretty much centralist for the position and if it had been any other person in that office Garland would be sitting on the bench.

        • Only if Garland had already been chosen as the short-list nominee. However, Scalia’s death was unexpected and sudden (except apparently according to his doctors, who weren’t talking at the time).

          The vetting process takes time. And as Clay points out, the GOP-controlled Senate virtually never goes on recess anymore, precisely because they don’t want the current President to make even a single recess appointment.

          • TrollopeReader

            If this wasn’t such a crazy year, I’d almost tempt Obama to tell Garland to take his seat on October 1st.

            But …it’s a crazy year.

        • Kruhn

          Plus a recess appointment would have lasted until January 2017, when he would either have to be reconfirmed or a new justice would have to be confirmed.

          Plus if the Republicans got wind of this, they would’ve pulled the “call every day the Senate into session for a minute” routine to ensure that it was never in recess and thus, prohibit Obama from making a recess appointment.

      • Lazycrockett

        Yeah this isn’t Obama’s BS, its the GOP controlled Senate.

      • Mihangel apYrs

        My second sentence tries to recognise that, though I’m not au fait with the US constitution. It is still dangerous

      • billbear1961

        They are refusing to consider ANY candidate at all, and are, therefore, GUILTY of SEDITION; for they are blatantly VIOLATING the Constitution!!

        In a REAL democracy, Becca, this would provoke a constitutional CRISIS!!

        What the GOP Senate is doing, clearly violating the Constitution as they are, violating their OATH of OFFICE to defend the Constitution of this country as their PRIMARY duty as elected officials, is absolutely without PRECEDENT!!

        Why nothing can be done to MAKE them obey their oath of office is BEYOND me!

        What is the POINT of making them swear a goddamned OATH if there is no goddamned way to make them RESPECT IT?!

        It DISGUSTS me–THEY disgust me!!

        That we do NOTHING about it is a fucking OUTRAGE!!

      • Vista-Cruiser

        And Republicans control the Senate for the simple reason that not enough Democrats bothered to vote back in 2010 and 2014.

        • cleos_mom

          President Jill Stein will turn that around.

  • jimbo65

    Gotta love the dominionist porn these rubes wank off to. I thought Cruz brushed aside that notion months ago. But of course that’s having to take him at his word. Which is as good as you can throw him I guess

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Cuberly
    • Good Shot Green

      I heart Simon Pegg. Adorbs!

      • Cuberly

        Ohhhh, yeah. 😉

  • Christopher

    Food for thought!

    • popebuck1

      Or a hemorrhoidectomy.

  • The_Wretched

    The Senate – especially the republicans – wouldn’t vote Cruz to the SCT. They hate him a bit much for that.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Well, I remember when republicans hated Trump, if you catch my drift.

      • The_Wretched

        Cruz is special. Everyone finds him loathesome. The fundies like that since it reminds them of home and shows that he has god’s power.

  • Todd

    The Zodiac Killer has no place on the Supreme Court

  • adamj2013

    Isn’t making promises like that before an election illegal? Isn’t it a considered a bribe?

    • popebuck1

      You’d think so. And you’d be right.

  • WebSlinger
  • WebSlinger
    • TrollopeReader

      No Ted. You’re an Asshat First, “Christian” second and American ….well, not sure I want you as an “American” ….

    • Scotterz

      Silly autocorrect, it put Christian instead of Canadian

      • WebSlinger

        LOVE THAT also it is TRUE….

  • another_steve

    Scalia Maggot Count, Monday July 11, 2016, 6:00 pm Eastern U.S. Time:

    — 35 maggots in left orbital cavity

    — 17 maggots in right orbital cavity

    • The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the worms play pinochle in his snout…

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Thank you. You’ve made my day! What a wonderful thought, and I really mean it!

    • teeveedub

      Shouldn’t there be thousands by now? Or have even the maggots turned him down?

  • Hank

    Eduardo Rafael Cruz….

    • Kruhn

      It’s actually RAFAEL Eduardo Cruz.

  • oikos

    Carnival Cruz has way too big of an ego to be content on the SCOTUS.

  • anne marie in philly

    FUCK NO! cruz ain’t fit to clean my toilet, yet alone SCOTUS!

  • andrew

    If the thought of Ted Cruz on SCOTUS doesn’t cause you to vote Democrat, you’re brain dead.

    • SFBruce

      My first thought was I hope he does make that announcement. If Trump isn’t enough to galvanize sensible voters, the thought of Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court should do the trick.

  • lymis

    Whatever happened to the idea of appointing SCOTUS justices who know the law and the precedents and the Constitution and plan to “support and defend” the Constitution, rather than just appointing partisan hacks?

    • Reagan put an end to that when he put Scalia on the bench. Bush the Elder cemented it when he replaced Thurgood Marshall with Clarence Thomas.

      • Ninja0980

        It goes back even further then that when William Rehnquist was put on the bench by Nixon.
        Throw in the smart and very effective strategy conservatives had of putting younger judges on the courts whom could be there for thirty years or more and you’ll have the mess we are in today with the courts.
        Such a pity Democrats were behind the eight ball as usual on this.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Ummmm. Perhaps I wrote this before, but VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!

    I don’t even want to think of the disaster Ted Cruz would cause.

    • TrollopeReader

      Not even Thomas has read “Green Eggs and Ham” whilst dissenting from the Bench …

  • I can close my eyes and silently make more things happen than you jackasses can.

  • justmeeeee

    Oh, please, Mary. How much more ridiculous could it get?

    • TrollopeReader

      Don’t ask too loudly …someone may hear you …

  • Robert Conner

    The Southern Batshit Church weighs in.

  • Ninja0980

    Just another reminder of why we need to get out and vote this fall.

    • And yet another reminder that the two dominant political parties in America are not at all the same as each other.

      Ginsberg, Breyer, Kagan, Sotomayor = all appointed by Democratic Presidents. Kennedy = had to pass a Democratic Senate majority which, at the time, still had a modicum of backbone.

  • 2patricius2

    Cruz didn’t win over the Evangelicals when he was running in the primaries……

  • TrollopeReader

    Don’t Southern Baptists realize their church died in 1865 with the surrender of the Confederacy?

  • Mark

    I know we laugh and poke a lot of sarcastic humor – but these people scare the flying fuck clean out of me. Ted Cruz at SCOTUS?

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Remember he clerked there.

      • Mark

        I’m thinking he jerked there with the dead one….

        • Johnny Wyeknot


  • MikeBx2

    If Trump were to hold such a press conference, imagine the ad the Clinton campaign could create with all the “Lyin Ted” material.

  • Duane Dimitrov

    Boy, the religionists are really, really, really looking to clain the “Scalia Seat” as their own.

    And have no doubt about it: the lack of action on the nomination of what’s-his-name is TOTALLY about the fact that conservatives think Scalia’s seat was given to them by Jeebus himself and that liberals are “stealing” it.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Trump can win over evangelicals without naming Cruz to SCOTUS. They long ago sold their souls to lucifer.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      I agree. Evangelicals are the religious arm of the Republican Party. Voting Republican is part of every evangelical’s very being. While they’d love to see Cruz on the Supreme Court, I doubt there’s more than a handful that weren’t going to vote Republican anyway.

  • coram nobis

    Quid pro quo.

  • Talisman

    My stomach was already hurting before I saw that headline.

  • olandp

    Over. My. Dead. Body.

  • Ross

    Trump scares me.

    Cruz terrifies me.

    I want him as far away from government as possible. Like perhaps resting on a deck chair on the Titanic?

    • agcons

      He could also be a passenger on the Achille Lauro.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I thought Senator Cruz already has said he has no desire for the bench.

  • Frostbite

    i’m more afraid of this than trump winning potus.

  • It’s so cute that Richard Land thinks anything Donald Trump says one day holds water one hour later. Sure thing, go ahead and tell them what they want to hear Donnie and then change your mind after you have what you want.

  • DonnaLee

    He won’t do that, but he’ll talk about having his people look into it.

  • KnownDonorDad

    The vacant seat is Obama’s to appoint, you anti-constitutional theocrat.

    • Silver Badger

      Or President Clinton’s.

  • Jacob

    These are the good ideas that keep me up at night.

  • Silver Badger

    Hell no.

  • JCF

    “Land has previously promoted some pretty extreme ideas about the federal
    courts. Just after the November 2014 elections in which Republicans
    took control of the Senate, Land called on Republicans not to confirm a
    single federal judge for the final two years of Obama’s term.”

    Is that really “pretty extreme”? [That’s about exactly what the Rethugs have, in fact, done.]

    • Franciscan

      Yes, they have done, and I do think it’s pretty extreme. When has that ever happened before?

  • chaserblue

    Reading this at this hour is like deliberately giving myself nightmares before going to sleep… Jaysus Jumped up Christ… I was hoping he was going to ooze back into the hell portal he crawled out of and return to his howling masters. And they want him on SCOTUS? Fuck…

  • Joseph Miceli

    What the heck? Why not? Let’s have Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Louie Gohmert and Jan Brewer all on the Supreme Court. What could go wrong?

    • Gianni

      It would be like an updated remake of a Marx brothers comedy. Why not?

  • cleos_mom

    Throw ’em a few Communion wafers and they’ll do Stupid Fundamentalist Tricks for you.

  • StraightGrandmother

    It is indisputable how religious leaders quest for political power. They are not content to lead their flocks, no they are much more ambitious than that, they literally want to run the country.

    It did NOT used to be this way, in my youth the most political thing we ever did in church was pray for the country on our secular holidays like Memorial day and 4th of July. Now they are literally preaching on who to vote for. I will resist their quest for political power.

    • Gianni

      Seems they now want to ensure that ALL the rest of us will be the flock and we must be made to listen to them and heed their directives.

  • gary47290

    Yes please, Donald. Do it. This will help you in states you were going to win anyway and hurt you all swing states in the north west and midwest. PROBABLY even kill you in Florida.

    What does it profit a man if he gain Alabama and lose the entire rust belt? MATTHEW 16:26