Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the US Supreme Court, passed away on Friday at the age of 87. She is described as a progressive and feminist icon who made history by fighting for gender equality. She’s leaving an empty seat in an institution that Republican President Donald Trump has promised to fill with conservative judges.
Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 87, the United States Supreme Court announced on Friday (September 18). The dean of this institution had made repeated stays in hospital recently. Her health was closely scrutinized by the progressive camp in the United States, which considers her an icon of the feminist struggle.
Her death gives Republican President Donald Trump the opportunity to nominate a conservative successor. He is preparing to do so in the coming days, according to US media. At the beginning of September, he had drawn up a list of potential candidates. Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Tom Cotton are among them.
It will then be up to the Senate to confirm the choice of the president. Donald Trump will be able to rely on a Republican majority in the Upper House, although the position of a handful of moderate elected officials is not yet clear on whether to confirm a judge so close to the November 3 presidential election . If successful, the Supreme Court would be made up of six conservative judges versus three progressive judges. The next few weeks could therefore give rise to a furious political battle.
According to US radio station, NPR, Ruth Bader Ginsburg had expressed the wish, a few days before her death, not to be “replaced before a new president is elected.”
In February 2016, the death of conservative judge Antonin Scalia gave rise to a battle of the same kind. At the time, Senate boss Mitch McConnell called on Democratic President Barack Obama not to name a successor and wait for the presidential election. He had won his case.
On Friday night, Senate Democrats boss Chuck Schumer tweeted the same statement, word for word, as Mitch McConnell at the time: “The American people should have a say in choosing the next Supreme Court judge. So this seat 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