Death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Stirs Powerful Reactions

Legendary Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87, prompting an outpouring of tributes and condolences from America’s political grandees. The passing of a liberal lion on the court in the stretch run of the 2020 election also sparked immediate speculation about whether President Trump will be able to replace her with a conservative jurist before inauguration day.

The Democrats’ 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton saluted RBG as a pathbreaker:

Former president Jimmy Carter, who first appointed RBG as a federal judge, saluted her as a “beacon of justice.”

Former Republican president George W. Bush saluted RBG’s lifelong “pursuit of justice and equality”:

Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and 2020 presidential primary candidate, bid a heartfelt goodbye to her friend “Ruthie” whom she called an inspiration in her own legal career.

James Clyburn, the third ranking Democrat in the House, praised Ginsburg’s “unwavering commitment to justice for all.”

Senator Cory Booker, who also ran for the Democratic nomination in 2020, praised RBG as a “warrior for justice.”

Ginsburg’s death being so close to the election will likely throw Washington into turmoil, with Mitch McConnell promising that “Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.” But because Republicans blocked Obama nominee Merrick Garland’s appointment in March of 2016, citing an upcoming election, Democrats are calling for the Senate to wait until after inauguration day 2021 to fill the vacancy.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer used McConnell’s statement on Garland’s nomination word for word

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