“My strongest wish is not to be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg told Clara Spera in the days before her death. NPR was reported.
Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87 years.
Her departure leaves a central vacancy that could dramatically shape the nation’s highest court for years to come. The struggle to fill its seat will be particularly tense with less than two months until the presidential election.
Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 and has repeatedly vowed to stay as long as her health allows. She was in favor of women’s rights and respected by many as a feminist image.
Replacing it will not be a small task. In 2016, during the last year of President Barack Obama, a political struggle broke out after the death of Judge Antonin Scalia. Senate Republicans ruled out Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland, despite strong opposition from Democrats.
“The American people should have a voice in the choice of the next Supreme Court justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president,” said then-famous Mitch McConnell.
On Friday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Sumer echoed that sentiment. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski has vowed not to vote for new justice after the November election. Alaska Public Media reported.
But McConnell said on Friday that Ginsburg’s choice would be very different from replacing Scalia. In a statement, they both praised Ginsburg’s legacy and promised that Trump would choose to replace her.
“In the last midterm elections before the death of Justice Scalia in 2016, the Americans elected a majority of the Republican Senate because we pledged to control and balance the last days of a willing president’s second term,” McCon said in part. “President Trump’s candidate will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”