Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 87 years old, and on Friday she announced that she is undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of liver cancer, but she is fully able to continue her job on the U.S. Supreme Court. The incredible, notorious RBG has previously bounced back after treatment for lung, pancreatic and colon cancer.
Breaking News: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced that her cancer had returned, but said she was “fully able” to continue her job on the Supreme Court https://t.co/gFFEkd7QYf
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 17, 2020
Ginsburg’s mortality is important, especially in this election year, because if her seat were to become vacant between now and the November election, it would fall to President Trump to nominate her successor. Were that person to be confirmed by the Senate, he or she would be Trump’s third appointment to the nine-member court. The left says, if Ginsburg were to die or resign in the coming months, the only honorable, morally consistent thing for Senator Mitch McConnell to do would be to take a step back, refuse to consider a Trump nominee and put the issue off until after Inauguration Day, so that the American people can have their say. But, McConnell recently was asked what he would do if a Supreme Court seat came open in 2020 during the presidential campaign. “Oh, we’d fill it,” he said.