For the Democrats, a nightmare scenario is unfolding in Washington DC.
With less than two months remaining before our nation casts their ballots in the 2020 presidential election, the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has given President Donald Trump another opportunity to nominate a justice for the Supreme Court. Unsurprisingly, the Democrats are incensed at the idea, and are calling for the President to hold off on making such a move until after the election, allowing We The People to have our say on that subject prior to anyone making a lifetime appointment.
Prominent progressives have been coming out of the woodwork to oppose Trump’s plans to move forward, including former President Barack Obama.
According to her granddaughter, Clara Spera, Ginsburg dictated to her that her “most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Obama recalled that Merrick Garland, his own choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after he died in 2016, was denied a confirmation vote by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the notion that a president should not have a Supreme Court appointment in an election year.
Obama complained that Republicans “invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.”
The former president argued that Republicans should be consistent about their approach, “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,” he said.
The Republican Party has fallen largely in line with President Trump, on the matter, despite the work of archivists to unearth a number of contradictory statements on the subject from months or years ago.
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