Justice Ginsburg’s ‘most fervent’ deathbed wish already being used as propaganda

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Prior to her death Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reportedly issued a highly disturbing, politically charged statement calling for her replacement to not be chosen until “a new president is installed.”

“Just days before her death, as her strength waned, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: ‘My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,'” NPR confirmed late Friday.

But if President Donald Trump, a Republican, wins reelection in November, which is a strong possibility, a “new president” won’t be installed until 2025.

Ginsburg’s dying words, therefore, were basically that she doesn’t want a Republican choosing her replacement. Though it was a highly political statement to make, prominent Democrats since have joined Ginsburg’s call for action (or inaction, rather).

However, some of them like former President Barack Obama tried at least to coat this partisan request in the facade of so-called “fairness.”

In a statement published late Friday, he specifically demanded that Senate Republicans abide by the “basic principle of the law … that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment.”

“The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the fundamental workings of our democracy all depend on that basic principle. As votes are already being cast in this election, Republican Senators are now called to apply that standard,” he added.

“The questions before the Court now and in the coming years — with decisions that will determine whether or not our economy is fair, our society is just, women are treated equally, our planet survives, and our democracy endures — are too consequential to future generations for courts to be filled through anything less than an unimpeachable process.”

In other words, Senate Republicans must not vote on Ginsburg’s replacement until after the conclusion of the upcoming presidential election.

But as noted by critics, Ginsburg could have easily retired when Obama was still in office, thus negating the need for a replacement to be chosen now:

Moreover, critics added, such decisions shouldn’t be based on the will of such clearly partisan judge but rather on the words of the U.S. Constitution:

Despite these valid points, the belief that Republicans must sacrifice their chance to nominate another conservative to the court has been echoed by countless other Democrats, including but not limited to …

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who posted the following tweet before expressing even the slightest condolences;

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who at least included condolences in her statement;

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who quoted Ginsburg’s disturbing message verbatim;

Sen. Mazie Hirono;

And Sen. Dick Durbin, who tried to use Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s own words against him:

McConnell never demanded “that SCOTUS vacancies go unfilled during a presidential election year.” He simply argued that a Senate controlled by one party should never be forced to confirm the nominee of another party during an election year.

In a statement of his own published late Friday, he explained this further.

“In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year,” he wrote.

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Vivek Saxena

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