Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the most conservative judge on the bench, has died. He was 79 years old and was found dead while on a hunting trip.
“Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said when he made the announcement.
He added: “We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law.”
Chief Justice Roberts released a statement regarding Scalia stating: “He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he loyally served.”
Scalia was appointed a Supreme Court Justice in 1986 under President Reagan’s administration. He is well-known for his opposition to gay marriage and LGBT rights.
President Obama will have a very interesting but difficult task ahead of him when selecting a replacement for Scalia in the 10 months he has left in office. His choice will change the future of the bench, but Conservatives will not make it easy for him.
Ted Cruz has already lobbied for the next president, not Obama, to elect the next Supreme Court Justice when he tweeted out:
How do you all think this will play out?