After a years-long battle with cancer, Ginsburg’s passing on Friday prompted a flurry of statements from Democrats and Republicans alike, many paying tribute to her long career on the Supreme Court, where she championed progressive causes.
President Donald Trump was caught on film as reporters informed him of the news that RBG had died.
Reacting with a surprise “Wow” before saying “she led an amazing life… whether you agree [with her] or not.”
President Trump later issued a statement calling the late justice a “titan of the law,” while a spokesperson for the president confirmed to AFP that flags at the White House would fly at half-staff to mark her passing.
Note: President Trump kept politics out of his Ruth Bader Ginsburg condolence letter.
Joe Biden, also mourned Ginsburg’s death, saying she “stood for all of us” and “practiced the highest American ideas as a justice.”
Of course, unlike President Trump, Clueless Joe wasn’t able to put politics aside for one moment, adding, that Ginsburg’s replacement should wait until after the presidential race.
“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,” Biden said in a statement to reporters.
Congress Mourns RBG While Taking Political Jabs
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel reiterated his vow to leave no vacancies in the Supreme Court before the end of the 2020 race, in which the GOP risks losing its majority in the upper chamber. While McConnel celebrated Ginsburg’s “extraordinary American life,” he insisted Trump’s replacement nominee “will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
The Senate leader’s stance is, of course, hypocritical considering the fact that following the sudden death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016.
At the time, McConnel insisted on delaying any confirmation vote for his replacement until after the 2016 election, ultimately running out the clock until Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland expired.
Leaders in the House of Representatives also similarly marked Ginsburg’s passing.
Taking a subtle jab at McConnell, the Senate’s Democratic Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, quoted the Republican’s words in 2016 verbatim, arguing “this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president” and that “the American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice.”
In a separate tweet, Schumer celebrated Ginsburg’s career, calling her “a champion for justice” and “a trailblazer for women.”
The Democrats stuttering alcoholic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi noting that flags on Capitol Hill were also flying at half-staff to “honor [her] patriotism,”
While the GOP’s House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, said Ginsburg had “served the Supreme Court – and the country – faithfully for 27 years.”
While RBG’s Death Prompted a Rare Moment of Peace in Washington, It Won’t Last For Long.
The battle over her replacement is set to be a bitter partisan struggle, as the GOP-led Senate is likely to race to confirm President Trump’s nominee ahead of the November election.
Democrats, meanwhile, having had plenty of practice during the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, will certainly attempt to delay the process as long as possible.
Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer will play every repugnant card the Democrats have hoping to take over the Senate and the White House before President Trump, and the Republican Senate fills RBG’s ultra-liberal seat with a conservative justice.