Over the weekend, Donald Trump disrespectfully attempted to cast a shadow of doubt on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish. He stated that a statement released by Ginsburg’s family was written by either Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, or Adam Schiff.
Ginsburg had dictated her final wish to her granddaughter, which was to have her replacement chosen by the winner of the upcoming presidential election.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” it said.
Despite her wishes, Trump says he will nominate Ginsburg’s replacement by the end of the week.
Trump’s statements and decisions have angered many who see it as disrespectful to the millions of Americans who are mourning Ginsburg’s death. Many also see Trump’s actions as a tasteless attack on the legacy of the pioneering woman justice.
Ginsburg lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 87.
Mitch McConnell is backing Trump’s rush to find a nominee. He vowed to put Trump’s nominee on the Senate floor for a vote. McConnell has vowed to help replace Ginsburg before the November 3 election or at the latest prior to inauguration day. The move is to prevent Biden from choosing the nominee if he were to go on and defeat Trump on Election Day.
Adam Schiff replied to Trump’s accusation on Twitter.
“Mr. President, this is low. Even for you. No, I didn’t write Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish to a nation she served so well and spent her whole life making a more perfect union. But I am going to fight like hell to make it come true. No confirmation before the inauguration,” Schiff tweeted.
Mr. President, this is low. Even for you.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) September 21, 2020
No, I didn’t write Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish to a nation she served so well, and spent her whole life making a more perfect union.
But I am going to fight like hell to make it come true.
No confirmation before inauguration. https://t.co/QgwPCUK5n7
Trump told “Fox & Friends” on Monday that he would announce the nominee, a woman, by the end of the week after services in memory of Ginsburg were held. He called Ginsburg a “legend” who “represented something different than you or I”, and said of her statement: “I don’t know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff or Pelosi?
“I would be more inclined to the second, OK – you know, that came out of the wind. That sounds so beautiful, but that sounds like a Schumer deal, or maybe Pelosi or for Shifty Schiff. So that came out of the wind, let’s say. I mean, maybe she did, and maybe she didn’t.”
Schiff and Pelosi played pivotal roles in Trump’s impeachment. Schumer, the Senate minority leader, will lead all efforts to defeat Trump’s nomination. Early this week he promised that when it came to tactics “nothing is off the table.”
Trump then attempted to argue that the Supreme Court vacancy should be filled before Election Day, because the court might have to rule on election-related matters.
“We should act quickly because we’re gonna have probably election things involved here. You know, because of the fake ballots they’ll be sending out,” he said.
Unfortunately, it may not be an easy feat for Democrats to stop Trump from choosing a nominee.
Senate Republicans have a 53 to 47 majority, and they abolished the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations in 2017. So, Republicans can confirm a new justice even if three of their members vote against it and the win over zero Democrats.
In order to stop a nomination Democrats would need to convince four Republicans to vote against the nomination to block it.
“Let me be clear: If Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year. Nothing is off the table,” Schumer stated.
Schumer wasn’t specific, but some Democratic aides took his statement to mean that they would expand the number of seats on the court. This hasn’t been done since 1869 at that time it was expanded from seven to nine.
“Our No. 1 goal must be to communicate the stakes of this Supreme Court fight to the American people,” Schumer told Democrats on the Saturday call.
“Everything Americans value is at stake. Health care, protections for pre-existing conditions, women’s rights, gay rights, workers’ rights, labor rights, voting rights, civil rights, climate change and so much else is at risk.”
Reportedly, Democrats are looking into holding a vigil on the steps of the Supreme Court later this week to honor Ginsburg.