On Friday, Sept. 18, the media announced the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an 87-year-old Supreme Court justice known for her open defense of feminism as well as other left-wing ideas such as same-sex marriage and immigration.
The vacancy left by Ginsburg could represent a change that could favor President Donald Trump and the Republican Party on the Supreme Court.
According to the Washington Examiner, on Aug. 11, during an interview with conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt, the president confirmed that he would not hesitate to replace a Supreme Court vacancy if it occurred before the election.
“First serious question—in the last five months of this term. For the last five months of your second term if you get one, would you make a nomination to fill a vacancy that occurred on the Supreme Court?” Hewitt questioned. To which President Trump replied, “You mean if something happened like now?”
Hewitt answered in the affirmative, so President Trump replied, “Absolutely. I’d do it. Sure.”
“You know,” said the president, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, time, but if you’re talking about if something would happen now, no, I would move quickly. Why not? I mean, they would. The Democrats would if they were in this position,” he added.
Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Friday night that President Trump’s nominee for the Ginsburg vacancy would be close to a vote in the U.S. Senate.
“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,” McConnell said.
“By contrast, Americans re-elected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary,” Connell added, as reported by Fox New.
In the wake of Ginsburg’s death, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urged Senate Democrats to use every possible procedural hurdle to prevent McConnell from replacing the Supreme Court justice.
In 2019 McConnell made it clear that if a Supreme Court vacancy materialized during the 2020 election cycle, the Republican-majority Senate would fill it.
“The Democrats who are in the Senate will have to use every single possible maneuver that is available to them to make it clear that they are not going to permit Mitch McConnell to enact the greatest travesty, a monument to hypocrisy that would arise from him attempting to fill this position,” Clinton said, according to Breitbart News.
This month the White House released an update of the list of potential Supreme Court candidates, which includes Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-M.).
On Sept. 9, during a press conference, the president said, “Our precious rights are in jeopardy, including the right to life and our great Second Amendment. In the next four years, the president of the United States will elect hundreds of federal judges and, in all likelihood, one, two, three or even four Supreme Court justices.”
In 1993 Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by then-Democratic President Bill Clinton. She fought two forms of cancer, however her health began to deteriorate in December 2018 after she underwent a pulmonary lobectomy.