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Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87 years old. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and served more than 27 years. Chief Justice John Roberts mourned Ginsburg’s passing. “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
President Donald Trump said, “She led an amazing life. Whether you agree or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life.” Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said, “She practiced the highest American ideal as a Justice, quality and justice under the law.”
Republicans and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate expressed their condolences. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the death “devastating” and praised Ginsburg as an “icon.” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that while he had many disagreements with Ginsburg’s “legal philosophy,” he appreciated her service.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said a nominee to replace Justice Ginsburg “will receive a vote on the floor,” in contrast to his refusal to hold hearings for former President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the vacancy should not be filled “until we have a new president.”
On September 9, President Trump announced an expanded list of 20 potential Supreme Court nominees. The list included three sitting U.S. senators — Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri — as well as current lawyers working in the Trump administration.
What Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Means for America – The Atlantic – 9/18/2020
The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today represents a devastating loss for feminists who held up the 87-year-old as an icon of women’s rights, and as a bulwark protecting abortion rights and a wide range of other progressive ideals on a conservative Supreme Court. The Brooklyn-born jurist became one of the nation’s foremost advocates against gender discrimination as a lawyer for the ACLU, decades before President Bill Clinton appointed her to be the second woman to sit on the high court.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87 – National Review – 9/18/2020
Her death leaves eight justices on the court just weeks before the 2020 presidential election. It may prompt a heated partisan battle over the question of filling a vacant seat so close to a presidential election — a seat that has the potential to cement a conservative majority for decades to come. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday evening that the seat should not be filled ahead of the election, citing the American public’s right to influence the direction of the court through the election.
Trump to move fast to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Axios – 9/18/2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump’s nominee before Election Day, just 46 days away, setting up one of the most consequential periods of our lifetimes, the sources say. […] We know Trump’s list of potential nominees, we know the process, and we fully know the politics set to explode. Republicans, assuming they stay united as they have through thick and thin, hold all the cards.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies, Shaking 2020 Race – The American Conservative – 9/18/2020
Her passing comes as the United States grapples with a quartet of crises: the global pandemic, recovery from an economic collapse, a national reckoning on race relations and an upcoming presidential election on the divisive and revolutionary presidency of Donald Trump. It has already been a bizarre campaign in which traditional retail politics has been officially discouraged. Nonetheless, the contest, in which Trump presently trails, is now certain to reach a fever pitch.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Outsider’s Champion, Has Died at 87 – The Daily Beast – 9/18/2020
In a 2018 interview, Justice Ginsburg said that her judicial philosophy had been shaped by her Jewish experience, in particular “the sense of being an outsider—of being one of the people who had suffered oppression for no sensible reason. It’s the sense of being part of a minority. It makes you more empathetic to other people who are not insiders, who are outsiders.” In an age of resurgent xenophobia, nationalism, and hate, such empathy is perhaps more crucial than ever. It is a value that ran through Ginsburg’s articles, briefs, opinions, and dissents.
Sen Lisa Murkowski Has Said She Will Not Vote On Any Supreme Court Nominee Until After The Inauguration – Daily Caller – 9/18/2020
“When Republicans held off Merrick Garland because nine months prior to the election was too close, we needed to let the people decide,” Murkowski said in August, according to The Hill. “And I agreed to do that. If we say now that months prior to the election is OK when nine months is not, that is a double standard and I don’t believe we should do it.”