Fonda spoke on “Real Time with Bill Maher” after the news broke during the recording of the show that Ginsburg had died at the age of 87 after a long battle with cancer.
As there is a political battle to replace Ginsburg, Fonda begged that the left must hold the line after the bitter 2016 battle to replace Judge Antonin Scalia after his sudden death.
“I’m still wrapping, Bill,” Fonda told host Bill Maher. “I just heard that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. We have to be as tough as Mitch McConnell and not let them do one thing until the election results. I mean, we have to get up and not let them do it. If Mitch McConnell can do it, let’s get some – grow some b and s and ovaries. “
McConnell retained then-President Obama’s Merrick Garland SCOTUS candidate in 2016, citing the “Biden rule” – made by the then senator in 1992 for non-confirmation of judges during an election year, especially when the Senate is controlled by rival party. In a statement Friday afternoon, the Senate Majority Leader announced his intention to proceed with the confirmation process, despite the November election just a few weeks away.
During the Real Time panel discussion, The Dispatch writer Tim Miller predicted that the battle for the Ginsburg vacancy would become “really, really bad” and that McConnell would “block” the candidate.
“This is literally the worst case scenario,” Miller said before predicting that President Trump would nominate Amy Connie Barrett as the judge.
After praising Ginsburg as “awesome,” Macher voiced concerns about Trump’s power as president.
“I’ve said it before in this show, power begets strength,” Maher said. “That’s why you can’t let a man like Trump become president – because it’s not just about the presidency.”