The White House wants to announce Trump’s nominee to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vacant seat on the Supreme Court before the first presidential debate less than two weeks away.
Trump wrote on Twitter,
“@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices.
We have this obligation, without delay!”
Sen Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s statement on Friday said that
“Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate”
Former President Barack Obama on Friday paid tribute to Ginsburg calling on Senate Republicans to follow the precedent set when they refused to consider his Supreme Court nominee in 2016 and not consider a replacement for the high court until after the next president is sworn in.
Obama said in a statement of the liberal justice who died Friday at age 87,
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored.“
Days before her death, Ginsburg told her granddaughter that her “most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.“
“Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.”
“A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is 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.”
Joe Biden told reporters Friday nigh,
“Tonight and in the coming days, we should focus on the loss of the justice, and her enduring legacy.”
“But there is no doubt, let me be clear, that the voters should pick the president, and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider.”
The White House and Senate Republicans will do anything they can to install a new justice giving conservatives a 6-to-3 conservative SCOTUS majority.
Let me be clear: The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 19, 2020
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored. My statement: https://t.co/Wa6YcT5gDi— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 19, 2020