Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female US Supreme Court Justice and an icon for women’s rights, passed away Thursday at the age of 87 due to complications with pancreatic cancer. A staunch abortion-rights and gender-equality advocate, RBG was considered a “glass ceiling breaker” for numerous reasons. Intense debate over the Supreme Court vacancy and the decision of whether to appoint a replacement has ensued between the Left and the Right. “Virtually nothing motivates both sides in America’s culture wars more than a Supreme Court vacancy,” read an article from USA Today.
Ginsburg was dearly loved by liberals who affectionately nicknamed her “The Notorious R.B.G.” It was written that her “death will have profound consequences for the court and the country.” The Left has said they will fight tooth and nail for Ginsburg’s dying wish: to not be replaced in the Supreme Court until a new president is sworn in. They argue that Republicans in the Senate are at the height of hypocrisy: they blocked the appointment of a new justice when Justice Antonin Scalia died months before Obama won the presidency, but now many are in support of appointing a justice just weeks before the election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Ginsburg’s death is an “incalculable loss for our democracy.”
“Her 27 years on the Court exceeded even my highest expectations when I appointed her. Her landmark opinions advancing gender equality, marriage equality, the rights of people with disabilities, the rights of immigrants, and so many more moved us closer to ‘a more perfect union’.”Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
If Republicans recklessly & reprehensibly force a SCOTUS vote before the election—nothing is off the table.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) September 19, 2020
Many on the Right are in favor of appointing a replacement justice before the election, but at least two Republican senators disagree. The Right points out the Left’s hypocrisy as well: in 2016, Senate Democrats pushed to appoint Merrick Garland months before the presidential election and are now balking at Republicans for the same.
“If the shoe were on the other foot, and the Democrats had the White House and the Senate, they would right now be trying to confirm another member of the Supreme Court.”John Barrasso, Wyoming State Senator
An article from National Review read that Supreme Court happenings are plain and simple “politics, not precedent.” Regarding Ginsburg, Chief Justice John Roberts stated, “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague.” After hearing of her death at a press conference, President Trump said she was “an amazing woman, whether you agreed or not.” It was reported that Trump’s top choice for Ginsburg’s replacement is US Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a Catholic and strong conservative.