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President Donald Trump expressed a degree of skepticism that the purported dying wish of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was for the next president to choose her successor on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a deathbed statement, Ginsburg reportedly told her granddaughter that “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” In a telephone interview with the Fox & Friends crew, Trump — in presumably a playful, not altogether serious manner — floated the notion, however, that that obsessed Russia-conspiracy theorist Adam Schiff, among other prominent Capitol Hill Democrat lawmaker foes of his, might instead have created that recommendation “out of the wind.”
“I don’t know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff, Schumer, and Pelosi. I would be more inclined to the second…it sounds so beautiful. But that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe a Pelosi or shifty Schiff. So that came out of the wind. Let’s see: I mean, maybe she did, and maybe she didn’t,” the president asserted.
“Look, the bottom line is we won the election. We have an obligation to do what’s right and act as quickly as possible. We should act quickly because we’re going to have probably election things involved here, you know, because of the fake ballots that they’ll be sending out, which is terrible.”
(Source: Fox News)
Trump was alluding to the fact that a potential and inconclusive 4-4 tie (if Ginsburg’s seat on the nine-member court remains vacant in the short term) at the Supreme Court on election challenges involving universal/unsolicited mail-in ballots would be disastrous for the country.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 19, 2020
With that in mind, in a Fox News Op-Ed, Liz Peek wrote that “Republicans not only should proceed as quickly as possible with a nomination to fill Ginsberg’s seat; they must do so. Given the increased use of mail-in ballots and recent rulings that might make such voting untrustworthy, there is every chance the Supreme Court will be called upon to officiate the results. In the event of a dispute, the worst possible outcome would be a tie vote, which would leave our bitterly divided nation adrift. That is unacceptable.”
Upon learning of her passing on Friday, Trump praised Justice Ginsburg as an amazing woman who led an amazing life. He underscored this on Fox & Friends by describing her as a legend who was highly respected.
Trump told the Fox panel that he would announce his Supreme Court pick from five female finalists on Friday or Saturday once funeral services are completed for Justice Ginsburg out of respect for her memory.
Trump implied that Judge Barbara Lagoa of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Judge Alison Jones Rushing of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit are apparently three of the five. He declined to name the other two.
During the interview, Trump joked that Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhart could sail through the confirmation process if he nominated her, adding that a high court nominee need not necessarily be a lawyer or a judge.
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