Liberals are in a panic over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s SCOTUS seat.
In light of her most recent health scare, liberal activists are calling on President Trump to keep any possible SCOTUS vacancies open until after the 2020 election.
However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that if a seat opens up next year (meaning Ginsburgs) he will fill the seat, which of course has created mass panic within the Democrat party.
There’s also a rumor that Justice Clarence Thomas, who is 71-years-old, may retire while Republicans hold the White Houe and the Senate so that President Trump can nominate somebody younger to take his seat.
Liberal activists are already calling on President Trump to keep any possible Supreme Court vacancy open until after the 2020 election, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has indicated he would fill a court vacancy next year, even though he blocked former President Obama’s nominee for most of 2016 after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
McConnell argued at the time that voters should have a chance to weigh in on the balance of the court.
Progressive groups say McConnell should apply that same thinking if there is a vacancy between now and Election Day.
“If we had a Supreme Court vacancy this year that Trump attempted to fill, it would be in the middle of an election year but not just any election year. It’s going to be a year in which Trump is likely to have been defending claims against abuse of power and obstruction of justice in an impeachment trial,” said Marge Baker, executive vice president of People for the American Way, a progressive advocacy group.
But they are expecting a brutal fight if there’s another vacancy, which could potentially shift the court on the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that established the right to an abortion.
“The last confirmation was hands down the most vicious and contentious in our nation’s history, and if there were another vacancy that Trump was filling, I think it would be only worse,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, a group that supports conservative judicial nominees, referring to last year’s bruising battle over Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Ginsburg, 86, was released from Johns Hopkins Hospital last week after suffering from a fever. She has also had surgery for lung cancer and received treatment for pancreatic cancer in the past year.
Ginsburg in 2018 said she would stay on the court “as long as I’m healthy and mentally agile,” adding that she hoped to serve until at least 2023.
Some liberal activists have speculated that conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, 71, may retire while Republicans still control the White House and Senate. Thomas in June dismissed any suggestion that he was thinking of stepping down. [The Hill]
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