Cruz cited the possibility of Democrats taking control of the U.S. Supreme Court as a major reason why he decided to drop his opposition to Trump. Trump earlier in the day released the names of 21 prominent conservatives and said he would pick from this list in nominating a replacement for conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. The Senate has refused to take any action on President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland, chief judge of the federal appeals court in Washington, to fill the vacancy. One of the names on Trump's list was that of U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah, a key ally of Cruz. Cruz said that for some time he had been seeking greater specificity on Trump's views toward filling the opening on the court, which is currently deadlocked between four right-leaning and four left-leaning jurists. He said Trump's list "provides a serious reason for voters to choose to support Trump" and that Lee "would make an extraordinary justice." Cruz noted his qualms about Trump, saying, "I have struggled to determine the right course of action in this general election." But in the end, he decided, Trump "is the only thing standing in the way" of a Clinton presidency that he said would be devastating to the United States.
In May, Ted Cruz called Trump 'utterly amoral,' 'a narcissist,' 'a bully' and 'a serial philanderer.' https://t.co/8bBkDnRf7fSeptember 23, 2016