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In 2016, when a lame-duck President Obama tabbed Merrick Garland to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Democratic leaders had no problem with the move. And neither did Ginsburg.
"There's nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being the president in his last year," Ginsburg said in a 2016 New York Times interview, in which she called for Garland to receive a confirmation vote in the Senate.
As for whether the Senate should take up a vote on Garland, Ginsburg said, "That's their job!"
Reza Aslan, a religious scholar, and former CNN host, tweeted to his 293,000 followers: "If Republicans even TRY to replace RBG, we burn the entire f*cking thing down!"
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., does not rule out impeaching President Donald Trump, or Attorney General William Barr, if the Senate seeks to push through a Supreme Court nomination during the lame-duck session, should Joe Biden win the November election.
"Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now.", Pelosi said.
Bill Clinton slams Mitch McConnell for his 'power play' in pushing for a new SCOTUS pick in the wake of RBG's death and says it will 'further spread cynicism in our system'
Democrats, however, began echoing Mr McConnell's words from 2016.
The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, sent a tweet repeating his exact phrase, while Mr Biden told reporters: "There is no doubt - let me be clear - that the voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider."
Ginsburg had also made her feelings clear in the days before her death.
"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," she wrote in a statement to her granddaughter, according to National Public Radio (NPR).
originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: grey580
In 2016, McConnell didn't honor RBG's wishes either.
But people often learn, grow, and change for the better.
Mitch is now more empathic and determined to honor RBG's wishes.
originally posted by: theatreboy
a reply to: carewemust
Just a thought, but didn’t Pelosi just degrade natives? I mean arrows in quivers....