Political commentator Tucker Carlson on Monday, Sept 21, questioned Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s final wish, saying it would be “pathetic” if her final words were about halting her replacement in the Supreme Court.
“We don’t really know actually what Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s final words were. Did she really leave this world fretting about a presidential election? We don’t believe that for a second,” Carlson said on Fox News. “If it were true, it would be pathetic because life is bigger than politics, even this year. We wouldn’t wish final words that small on anyone.”
TUCKER: “We don’t really know actually what Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s final words were. Did she really leave this world fretting about a presidential election? We don’t believe that for a second. If it were true, it would be pathetic because life is bigger than politics.” pic.twitter.com/ylBiuFXkvw
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 22, 2020
Ginsburg, who died last week after fighting pancreatic cancer for years, reportedly expressed the wish that her replacement wouldn’t be confirmed until after the inauguration of a new president in the White House.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg said in a statement dictated to her granddaughter days before her death, according to NPR.
BREAKING NEWS from @NPR : Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at age 87 from complications of cancer.
In a statement dictated to her granddaughter Clara Spera days before her death, she said, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new President is installed.”
— Susan Davis (@DaviSusan) September 18, 2020
President Donald Trump has also expressed uncertainty about the validity of the statement, claiming that Ginsburg’s last wish may have been fabricated by Democratic congressional leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D.Calif.), or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“Well, I don’t know that she said that or was that written out by Adam Schiff and Schumer and Pelosi. I would be more inclined to the second, okay? That came out of the wind. It sounds so beautiful, but that sounds like a Schumer deal, or maybe Pelosi or shifty Schiff, so that came out of the wind. Let’s see, so maybe she did and maybe she didn’t,” the president said on “Fox and Friends” on Monday, reported the Daily Wire.
“Look, the bottom line is we won the election. We have and obligation to do what’s right and act as quickly as possible. We should act quickly, because we are probably going to have election things involved here because of the fake ballots that they’ll be sending out. It’s a terrible, terrible situation,” he added.
President Trump has said he will nominate another woman to fill the seat. The president’s list of potential Supreme Court contenders has narrowed to a handful of women to replace Ginsburg.
At the top of the list are 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett in Chicago, 11th Circuit Judge Barbara Lagoa, 4th Circuit Judge Allison Jones Rushing and 6th Circuit Judge Joan Larsen, according to Fox News.