The second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has died at the age of 87 from metastatic pancreatic cancer leaving a vacancy on the high court during an election year.
Let me be clear: The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 19, 2020
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
On the bench, Ginsburg was known to lean left in her decisions so the balance of the court is in jeopardy. With the presidential election less than two months away, it’s highly unlikely President Trump will be able to replace her with a nominee before November 3rd.
It is possible that President Donald Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell could pursue a replacement nomination in the next 46 days before the election and then allow the lame duck Senate attempt to confirm the nominee by the end of the year.
In fact, McConnell confirmed Friday night in a statement that he would put the president’s nominee up for a vote in the Senate.
BREAKING: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in statement on passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, says, "President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." https://t.co/ITHpol2lr5 pic.twitter.com/7ijpnbFv8U
— ABC News (@ABC) September 19, 2020
Either way, the 1973 SCOTUS decision Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion is at risk of being toppled with an additional conservative jurist likely replacing Ginsburg. This prospect will definitely be on the voters’ minds and places abortion squarely on the ballot.
In a letter to her granddaughter, Ginsburg reportedly wrote that it is her most fervent wish that she not be replaced until a new president is installed.
Ginsburg survived several cancer diagnoses: colon, lung, liver and pancreatic.
She finally succumbed to the latter.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and to her family and friends. I'm ordering flags throughout the state of Florida be lowered to half staff to honor her memory and recognize her lifetime of service to our great nation.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 19, 2020
Throughout her life, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an optimist and was highly regarded for her numerous accomplishments. She also leaves an indelible mark on the court as an activist judge.
The indomitable RBG was nominated to the court 27 years ago in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.
Ginsburg died at home surrounded by her family especially her two children and four beloved grandchildren.
For more on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, listen to Full Rigor Podcast: EPISODE 48: FLORIDA WOMAN’S CONVICTION BY 6 ANGRY MEN LAUNCHES RBG’S SCOTUS CAREER. A Tampa woman who beat her cheating husband to death with a baseball bat was convicted of second degree murder by an all-male jury in 1957. The case would help launch the US Supreme Court career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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