Like others in the conservative media, Hewitt was concerned that Trump — who previously described himself as "very pro-choice" — would be unreliable. After Cruz deflected the inquiry, Hewitt questioned Trump directly.
"Will you commit to voters tonight that religious liberty will be an absolute litmus test for anyone you appoint, not just to the Supreme Court, but to all courts?" he asked.
"Yes, I would," Trump replied.
If Hewitt had any lingering doubts, Trump put them to rest Tuesday night when he nominated Colorado federal Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace Scalia.
Moreover, the president's selection of Gorsuch was viewed in the conservative press as a promise kept — even by some harsh Trump critics.
If Trump wants to win over conservatives in the media who opposed him during the campaign, he took a big step on Tuesday.