On Friday, Sept. 17, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87. Despite her opposition to President Donald Trump’s fundamental values and political beliefs, the president did not hesitate to mourn her passing and recognize her as an amazing and dignified woman.
According to a White House press release, President Trump learned of the justice’s death while giving a short lecture before the presidential plane took off from Minnesota’s airport.
“Wow, I didn’t know that,” Trump told reporters. “She led an amazing life. Whether you agree or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life.” He added, “Sad to hear that.”
A few hours later, President Trump posted on his Twitter account a short tribute to the judge’s career. In his words was “renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one’s colleagues or different points of view.”
Statement from the President on the Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pic.twitter.com/N2YkGVWLoF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
Ginsburg was the second oldest of the court’s nine justices, behind Clarence Thomas, and was appointed to the lifetime position by President Bill Clinton in 1993, the second woman to hold that position in U.S. history.
Ginsburg had reported a couple of months ago that she was facing chemotherapy treatment to fight a new cancer. But in spite of this, she continued in her position until the end.
Now a new dispute begins over who will take her place. As reported by Fox News, President Trump last week had already announced a list of possible Supreme Court nominees, in case he was re-elected. The list included several federal judges and three Republican senators: Josh Hawley of Missouri, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Ted Cruz of Texas.
As the president himself described, those on the list are “the smartest, the best, the absolute ‘creme de la creme,’” adding that they are all “conservative” and “believe in the Constitution.”
In any case, the candidate chosen by the president to take Ginsburg’s place on the court must necessarily pass through the U.S. Senate, where the appointment will have to be approved.