McConnell’s vow ended with a statement released by his office just hours after Ginsberg died of pancreatic cancer. Less than two months before the November presidential election, and four months before the end of Trump’s first term, the bitter political battle over the replacement of guiding justice must begin immediately.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a U.S. Supreme Court judge and pioneer for women, has died at the age of 87
Several reports after her death suggested that Ginsburg should address the issue in his last days. According to reports, Ginsberg has issued a statement to his granddaughter stating that Ginsberg’s “very serious desire is that I will not be replaced until a new president is appointed.”
McConnell did not say when the Senate vote would take place. However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Trump’s bid for the “best appointment to the federal judiciary” in the 2018 midterm elections.
McConnell said the promise to replace Ginsburg was different from the 2016 showdown between Democrats and Republicans, and that President Barack Obama had stopped voting for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland just months before that year’s election.
If he had been confirmed by the Senate, Garland would have replaced Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died that February.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87
“Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed the Supreme Court nominee of the opposition president in a presidential election year,” McConnell said.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged Trump and the Republican Party to wait until Trump’s term ends to be elected to replace her in January.
“The American people must have a voice in their choice of the next Supreme Court Justice,” Schumer wrote. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
There was a Schumer tweet for almost every word of McConnell’s own statement after Scalia’s death.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden echoed Schumer in his own statement.
“Let me be clear: voters must elect a president, and the president must elect a successor to Justice Ginsburg, ”he said on Twitter.
Speaking at an event hosted by The Atlantic Magazine in 2018, Senator Lindsay Graham promised to wait until the “next election” if Trump opens a Supreme Court seat in the final year of his term. On social media after Ginsberg’s death.
Trump has already appointed two judges to the court during his tenure – Brett Kavanagh to replace Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Anthony Kennedy, who eventually took the Scalia seat – creating a conservative majority.
Last week, Trump Has been released List of potential names he would choose to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, including Republican Sense. Ted Cruz from Texas, Tom Cotton from Arkansas and Josh Haley from Missouri. The list also includes sitting lower court judges from across the country, all of whom have a traditional inclination.
Cruz told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Friday night that Trump should name his nominee “next week” and that it would be “critical” to have a Senate confirmation vote before the election.
“There is going to be enormous pressure from the media, there will be enormous pressure from Democrats to delay filling this gap,” he said. “But this election, this nomination is why Donald Trump was elected. This is a confirmation of why voters in the Senate voted for the Republican majority. ”
Prosecutors fear Ginsburg’s health has deteriorated since Trump was elected in 2016. As a liberal justice, LGBTQ2 and other left-leaning judges of the Ginsburg court to defend abortion rights have been swayed by dissent from conservatives on the bench.
After Ginsberg’s departure – and with the new term beginning on October 5 – the court will no longer be divided equally between the four liberals and the four conservatives, with Chief Justice John Roberts often deciding to vote on competing decisions.
He is the son of Republican President George W. Bush. Although appointed by Bush, Roberts has recently been involved in some recent decisions with Ginsburg and other liberal factions, including in favor of office rights against state abortion laws for LGBTQ2 workers and others.
President Donald Trump has named potential nominees for the Supreme Court
Gorsuch’s appointment, despite opposition from Democrats, was relatively smooth in 2017. However, Trump’s election of Kavanagh as his second Supreme Court choice quickly turned into a partisan war, following allegations that the judge sexually assaulted women in his youth.
Although some Republicans voted against their party, Kavanagh was eventually confirmed by the Senate. Other senators who expressed concern over the allegations and considered them swing votes ended the vote to confirm.
This could be a preview for weeks to come, as the fight over Cavanaugh – and the efforts by prominent Republicans to see his nominations despite the outrage of Democrats, feminists and legal advocates – focus on filling the Ginsburg seat for weeks to come.
Referring to Ginsburg’s last wish, Republic Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “In her last moments, many others were interested in what would happen after she passed away.
“I want to make one thing clear: we can and should fight.”
In his own statement, Obama praised Ginsburg’s “unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals” and called on Republicans to respect the same rules they set during the Garland nomination.
“The basic principle of the law – and the day-to-day flexibility – is that we apply the rules consistently, and not on the basis of what is favorable or beneficial at the moment,” he said.
“The questions before the court now and in the years to come – with decisions that will determine whether our economy is fair, that our society is fair, that women will be treated equally, that our planet will survive and that our democracy will endure – will have far-reaching consequences.
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