Soon after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, had died Friday evening of pancreatic cancer, NPR revealed that, only days before her death, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Just last week, President Trump released a list of 20 additional potential Supreme Court justice nominees.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has already spoken out, tweeting Friday evening, “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
Schumer’s tweet was the exact same statement which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. McConnell successfully held off the appointment of a new justice until Trump took office.
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 18, 2020
The Hill reported: However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has maintained that he would fill a 2020 Supreme Court vacancy. He has said that the situation this year would be different than that in 2016 because in 2020 the White House and Senate are held by the same party.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening of complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 87. pic.twitter.com/D4DnIXux0l
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) September 18, 2020