Top Senate Democrats delay condolences, rush to threaten counter-moves after RBG’s death

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Did Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life even matter to Democrats?

Following her death at the age of 87 late Friday, several top Senate Democrats rushed to politicize it, including Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, who outright skipped over expressing any condolences, choosing instead to issue a veiled threat.

In one stunning tweet — the only tweet posted by him that evening after news of Ginsburg’s death broke — the senator aimed a veiled threat at Republicans by stating that he and his colleagues should abolish the filibuster and pack the Supreme Court if Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the 2020 election.

“Mitch McConnell set the precedent. No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year. If he violates it, when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court,” Markey wrote.

As of Saturday morning, no other tweet about Ginsburg lined his profile.


Markey wasn’t the only Democrat to behave in such a manner.

While Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer did at least express condolences, he chose to first post a political tweet in which he argued that the vacancy left by Ginsburg should not be filled until “we have a new president” …


If President Donald Trump wins reelection in November, America will not have “a new president” until 2025 …

The tweet above was posted at 7:51 pm EST.

Eight minutes later, the Senate leader finally expressed condolences.


The president meanwhile responded in an entirely opposite manner.

After being informed of Ginsburg’s death immediately after the conclusion of a rally Friday evening in Minnesota, the president called her “an amazing woman.”

“She just died? Wow. I didn’t know that. She led an amazing life. What else can you say? She was an amazing woman, whether you agree or not. She was an amazing woman who led an amazing life,” he said to reporters.


He followed up with a statement posted to Twitter that contained not a shred of politics.

“A fighter to the end, Justice Ginsburgh battled cancer, and other very long odds, throughout her remarkable life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ginsburg family and their loved ones during this difficult time. May her memory be a great and magnificent blessing to the world,” he wrote.


None of this is to suggest that there won’t be political implications from Ginsburg’s passing.

“The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg put the Supreme Court at the epicenter of the 2020 presidential election, setting up a furious battle over who should fill the vacancy. … Conservatives outnumbered liberals on the court 5-4 before the death of Ginsburg, a liberal stalwart. With a new right-leaning justice, conservatives could hold a solid 6-3 majority,” Fox News notes.

This is true, and as a result, it’s imperative for Republicans that a nominee be selected and processed through the Senate.

With that said, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued his own statement Friday evening that both expressed condolences and addressed the political implications.

“The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life. Justice Ginsburg overcame one personal challenge and professional barrier after another. She climbed from a modest Brooklyn upbringing to a seat on our nation’s highest court and into the pages of American history,” the statement read.

“Justice Ginsburg was thoroughly dedicated to the legal profession and to her 27 years of service on the Supreme Court. Her intelligence and determination earned her respect and admiration throughout the legal world, and indeed throughout the entire nation, which now grieves alongside her family, friends, and colleagues.”

The statement concluded with McConnell then stating bluntly for the record that, in line with his long-maintained principles, “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”


As of Saturday morning, the president had of course not yet even broached the topic of nominating Ginsburg’s replacement.

However, unnamed “sources” within the White House had confirmed to ABC News that the president “is expected to put forth a nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court in the coming days.”

All this comes only days after the president released a lengthy list of potential Supreme Court nominees that includes the likes of Sens. Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley.


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