On Friday night, the Supreme Court announced the death of Ruth Bader-Ginsburg. Revered by Democrats regardless of age, RBG was a lion of the court and a legend of the judiciary. Sadly, the immediate reaction to her death was about the looming Supreme Court nomination fight.
Mitch McConnell has shamelessly packed the court with Conservatives regardless of their credentials. He will surely look to make a selection to replace Ginsburg as soon as possible. His counterpart on the Democratic side, though, has already signaled that he is gearing up for a fight.
When Antonin Scalia died in 2016, McConnell blocked Merrick Garland’s appointment by Barack Obama, refusing to hold a vote. Schumer used McConnell’s words against him on Friday night. The Senate Minority Leader tweeted, “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 18, 2020
And at least on Republican has said that she will not vote to confirm a justice until after the election. Brian Tyler Cohen tweeted, “Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announces she will NOT vote to replace RBG on SCOTUS until after Election Day. ‘Fair is fair,’ she says.”
And MSNBC contributor Brittany Packnett Cunningham left Democrats with words of inspiration on Friday. “I know the popular analysis is going to be ‘we’re screwed,'” she wrote. And I feel you. But nah. RBG didn’t go out like that and neither are we. I’m not speaking that, and I’m not believing that. We gon fight. That’s what we’re gonna do.”
I know the popular analysis is going to be “we’re screwed,” and I *feel you.*
But nah. RBG didn’t go out like that and neither are we.
I’m not speaking that, and I’m not believing that. We gon fight. That’s what we’re gonna do.
— mercury is here so I am not 😂 (@MsPackyetti) September 18, 2020
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.