Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s daughter has said her mother didn’t want to retire under Barack Obama because she wanted Hillary Clinton to name her successor.
Trump: “Was That Written Out By Schiff And Schumer And Pelosi?”
Former Supreme Court Justice Bader Ginsburg passed away last Friday at the age of 87, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
The Republican leadership, including Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump, have said they will nominate and vote on a successor for her before the November election.
However, in a statement written for her death, Bader Ginsburg allegedly said that her “most fervent wish” is for there not to be a replacement for her seat “until a new president is installed.”
The President himself has questioned whether this wish actually came from Justice Bader Ginsburg, or someone else.
“Well, I don’t know that she said that, or was that written out by [Rep.] Adam Schiff and Schumer and Pelosi?” Trump asked during a Fox News interview.
“I would be more inclined to the second.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 21, 2020
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Bader Ginsburg’s Daughter: “She Thought Clinton Would Win”
However, many liberals have noted that this whole matter would not be a problem if Bader Ginsburg had simply retired under Obama, especially when the Democrats controlled the Senate pre-2015.
It turns out that Bader Ginsburg, like many others, simply assumed that Hillary Clinton would defeat now-President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
The late Justice wanted the “first female president to name her successor,” Bader Ginsburg’s daughter Jane told The New York Times.
“I think that Mother, like many others, expected that Hillary Clinton would win the nomination and the presidency, and she wanted the first female president to name her successor,” said her daughter, Columbia Law professor Jane C. Ginsburg. https://t.co/SX4B7kcuSq
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) September 22, 2020
Dorothy Samuels, who had conducted interviews with the late Justice’s friends about the period of 2013 and 2014, said that many of them thought this was a terrible idea at the time.
“I was struck by how many people I spoke with, including friends, acquaintances and former clerks, felt she should have resigned at the time and that her staying on was terribly self-centered — a view I share,” Samuels said.
“I was also struck that normally forceful advocates I spoke with would not express their dismay on the record while she was alive.”
Well, all I can say is, thank you Ruth Bader Ginsburg for sticking to your guns, and giving President Trump the opportunity to appoint a third, good conservative nominee to the Supreme Court!
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