Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) couldn’t even wait for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s body to get cold before he ruthlessly vowed to jam through President Donald Trump’s pick to replace her in an election year.
Ginsburg sadly died on Friday in yet another blow to our nation in 2020. A dedicated member of the Supreme Court, Ginsburg fought for civil rights and voting rights, but was also a champion for women’s rights on a court that has threatened to oppress women for decades. Known as the “Notorious RBG,” Ginsburg should have been able to retire. Instead, she remained on the bench until the end.
And despite McConnell and Republicans refusing to confirm former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the court after the death of Antonin Scalia citing an election year, he has made it clear that he intends to do the opposite.
“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,” McConnell said four years ago.
Even Ginsburg herself requested from her deathbed that she not be replaced until a new president takes office.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new President is installed,” she said in a statement to her granddaughter.
That makes it all the more insulting that McConnell’s statement on the death of Ginsburg goes to the extent of making excuses for Senate Republicans to confirm a new Justice just weeks before an election in which the American people are poised to oust Trump and give Democrats control of the White House and the Senate.
The Senate and the nation mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/NOwYLhDxIk
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 19, 2020
Of course, there are a few Republicans who seem unwilling to endorse McConnell’s scheme, including Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). If these four hold firm, McConnell and Trump would not be able to jam through any nominee because they would not have 51 votes to do it.
That makes it important for Americans to continue to put pressure on these four Republicans to keep their word.
Americans certainly voiced opposition to McConnell’s statement on Twitter.
You are a filthy disgusting hypocrite pic.twitter.com/oG1TIsdT86
— MeeppsMarie🇺🇸IsOn (@MEEPPSison) September 19, 2020
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 19, 2020
People will have to buy tickets to pee on your grave, you soulless sociopath.
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) September 19, 2020
Mistake, Mitch. And I say this as a conservative who’s going to vote for Trump.
We were supposed to be better than the Left. We were supposed to have actual morals and standards. You’re proving that we’re no better than they are. That we’ll “win at any price.”
— Marc (@Marc_Topaz) September 19, 2020
“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.”
-Mitch McConnell March 2016.
He’s disgusting liar, scheming to replace #RBGRIP before she’s buried. 🙄
— Jules Morgan (@glamelegance) September 19, 2020
You are even more despicable than Newt Gingrich
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) September 19, 2020
Indeed, McConnell is a villain who has done more to destroy democracy and poison our government more than anyone else in the history of our country. By all rights, he should be the one being prepped for the grave right now instead of Ginsburg, who will always be an American hero with a legacy that will be remembered long after McConnell has been buried and forgotten.
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