OXON HILL, Md. — Sen. Ted Cruz predicted Thursday that President Trump will have the ability to fill a second vacancy on the Supreme Court in 2017.
"I think we'll have another Supreme Court vacancy this summer," Cruz said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "If that happens, as much as the left is crazy now, they will go full Armageddon meltdown because the next vacancy is where we'll have the ability to act and restore basic Constitution protections."
The Texas Republican didn't elaborate on who he believes will be leaving the court, although Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy is reportedly thinking about retirement.
The remark comes in the midst of Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to fill the late Antonin Scalia's seat on the high court. While Democrats are mulling a potential fillibuster of the federal judge, Cruz thanked former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for changing the fillibuster rules in 2013 to push through former President Barack Obama's nominees for lower court positions, saying that it may lead to the changing of the rules again this year to put Gorsuch on the bench.
Cruz, who lost to Trump in the race for the Republican nomination last year, also bashed Democrats for their continued chatter about potentially impeaching Trump.
"The Democrats right now are living in an alternative universe. The week after the election, I was back at the Capitol — was in an elevator with a well known liberal Democrat who was simply staring ahead in this complete stupor, and that hasn't changed."
"They are in denial and they are angry," Cruz continued. "The anger on the left, I've never seen anything like this."
Talk of impeachment was furthered by Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., a candidate to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who told DNC members during a debate Wednesday night that some actions taken by Trump already "raise the question of impeachment."
Cruz said if Ellison defeats Tom Perez, who served as labor secretary under President Obama, he will commend the Democrats for their decision for one reason.
"If they name Keith Ellison as the head of the DNC, I'll commend them for truth in advertising," Cruz said, pointing to their push toward the progressive wing of the party since the November election.