On Saturday, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume defended the idea of discussing a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court. Ginsburg died on Friday at age 87 after battling metastatic pancreatic cancer.
“It does no dishonor to the life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg to discuss the prospects for her succession — especially since her reported dying wish — made immediately public by her family — was that she not be replaced until after the election,” Hume tweeted.
Ginsburg’s own family made succession an issue from the outset by revealing her reported “dying wish.” “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg dictated to her granddaughter.
However, Republicans are not bound by this political preference, as National Review’s Isaac Schorr pointed out. “Justices have no authority with which to decide who will replace them, excepting their ability to retire while a president of their own party holds White House,” Schorr noted.
Time for action
The disgraceful slandering of Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation and the sham that was the Democrat attempt to impeach President Donald Trump are fresh in the minds of Republicans.
Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made it clear that they will move to fill the vacancy on the high court without delay, and without regard to the Democrats’ partisan complaints.
Replacing Ginsburg with a constitutionalist justice is an opportunity that only comes once in a lifetime. After all the failures that the Republican party has endured, now is their moment to make history.
“Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” McConnell announced on Friday after Ginsburg’s death.
To further add to preparations by Republicans, Trump told the media, “I will be putting forth a nominee next week. It will be a woman.” President Trump reportedly has a list of 45 different potential nominees but he apparently has a “shortlist” ready to go.
Civil unrest looms
As soon as news of Ginsburg’s passing broke, leftists were calling for unrest, riots, and general disruption should President Trump replace Ginsburg. Protesters in Kentucky targeted McConnell’s home on Saturday, while a Portland vigil in honor of Ginsburg later devolved into vandalism and smashing store windows.
President Trump and Republicans have all the power they need to fill the seat, but the backlash will be fierce. But by some measures, further civil unrest fomented by the left could actually aid President Trump’s reelection efforts.
Many Americans are tired of the unrestrained rioting and unrest that the left has encouraged. If that continues in the next two months, it’s likely that working-class voters in crucial swing states are going to stand by President Trump — potentially giving him two wins to celebrate: another Supreme Court justice, and four more years in Washington.