Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died today in Texas reportedly of natural causes. The 79 year old justice was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and was one of the most conservative members of the high court.
Even though presidents make appointments to the Supreme Court, some people are suggesting that President Obama hold off on appointing a replacement for Justice Scalia and instead let the next president make this decision. Senator Ted Cruz, who is running for the GOP nomination, has already suggested that the next president make the nomination via Twitter.
Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 13, 2016
Scalia’s death places the Supreme Court on the agenda of presidential candidates on both the GOP and the Democratic side. President Obama has already appointed two Supreme Court justices in his term, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
Scalia’s death during Black History Month has a certain irony as he recently said, “most of the black scientists in this country do not come from the most advanced schools.”