Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris said the government should respect late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s wish of waiting until after the upcoming election to nominate a new judge.
The California senator posted a statement on Twitter expressing deep sadness and adding Ginsburg’s seat should not be filled until after the upcoming election.
Tonight we mourn, we honor, and we pray for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her family. But we also recommit to fight for her legacy.
Doug and I send our heartfelt prayers to Jane and James, and the entire Ginsburg family, particularly on this holy day of Rosh Hashanah. pic.twitter.com/SNyqZCznfv
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 19, 2020
“Tonight we mourn, we honor, and we pray for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her family. But we also recommit to fight for her legacy,” Harris posted on Friday night.
Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden made similar remarks Sunday afternoon saying the election should come first.
Accoridng to Newsweek, Ginsburg’s final statement was made to her granddaughter Clara Spera on her deathbed just days before she passed away.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg told Spera.
Despite her wishes, the Republican Party is already moving to replace her. President Trump announced Sunday night that he will have someone picked, most likely a woman, by the end of the week.
Bloomberg is reporting on Twitter that prtofessor and attorney Amy Comey Barrett is the likely nominee. Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who blocked former President Barack Obama’s pick, Merrick Garland, after Antonin Scalia passed away in 2016, said a Supreme Court nominee will get a vote before the election.
Democrats will need four Republicans in the Senate to vote no in order to keep Trump’s nominee out of the high court. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who’s struggling in the polls, have already said they will vote no, meaning Democrats will need at least two more people to declare they will vote no.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told Democrats on Saturday that “nothing is off the table” if Republicans attempt to fill Ginsburg’s seat. .
“Let me be clear: If Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year. Nothing is off the table,” Schumer told the Senate Democratic Caucus, according to The Hill.