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They’re upset at both the loss of an icon and the implications her death has for the makeup of the Supreme Court. Ginsburg has long been the leading liberal on the nation’s highest court; it is anathema to liberals that she might be replaced by a more conservative justice.
Unfortunately for them, she died while a Republican is president.
According to NPR, during her final days, Ginsburg told her granddaughter, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Luckily, that isn’t her call. Ginsburg didn’t own her seat. It is completely within the purview of the president and the Senate to select a new justice; the outgoing justice gets no say.
Nevertheless, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is VERY upset that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has no plans to honor Ginsburg’s dying wish.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Mitch McConnell: “This is a man who does not care about a dying woman’s final wish.” pic.twitter.com/rISUJRsa5D
— The Hill (@thehill) September 19, 2020
As a member of Congress (albeit the House, which is not involved in confirming judges), AOC should know that isn’t how it works.
Can you imagine how the left would react if a conservative judge – say, Justice Thomas – expressed a dying wish that he be replaced with someone who shares his ideology? The left would not care at all. Yet, they want the right to respect Ginsburg’s dying wish.
If Ginsburg was so concerned about her replacement, she should have retired while President Obama was in office. In 2015, Obama was president and the Democrats held the Senate. Ginsburg was already in her 80s with a history of cancer.
But the Democrats thought it unfathomable that they would lose in 2016. They were wrong, and now Donald Trump will get to nominate a replacement for the notorious RBG.
Neither RBG’s dying wish nor AOC’s emotional appeal thereon carry any legal weight whatsoever.