Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has made his stance following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg abundantly clear. He has now publicly insisted that the Senate should unequivocally wait until after the next presidential election to move forward with the confirmation process for a replacement for Ginsburg. Waiting until after Election Day — which is just a comparatively very short time away — would follow in line with a precedent that Senate Republicans themselves set when they refused to hold a vote on then-President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016.
Biden commented publicly about the issue, and he further reiterated his remarks in a Friday email to supporters. Speaking on-camera late Friday, Biden said:
‘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. This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election. That’s the position the United States Senate must take today. The election is only 46 days off. I think the fastest Justice ever confirmed was 47 days and the average is closer to 70 days… that is my hope and expectation of what should happen.’
Watch his comments below:
— The Hill (@thehill) September 19, 2020
In a Friday night email to supporters, Biden reiterated this same point. After praising Ginsburg and the work that she did during her long career in public service, the Democratic presidential pick said:
‘The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg. This was the position that the Republican Senate took in 2016, when there were nearly nine months before the election. That is the position the United States Senate must take now, when the election is less than two months away. We are talking about the Constitution and the Supreme Court. That institution should not be subject to politics.’
Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have taken the exact opposite position. McConnell has claimed that the original “principle” was that Supreme Court vacancies should not be filled in an Election Year if the White House and Senate are controlled by different political parties. Now that Trump is in the White House — having skirted to victory despite losing by millions in the national popular vote — McConnell takes the current circumstances as a green light to move full speed ahead with placing a third Trump pick on the Supreme Court.
And it's of course irrelevant that they can't win national elections. They've manipulated the system, accruing more and more power as a party with ever shrinking support, so that they can steal even more political power. https://t.co/5zFkHwhKCG
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) September 19, 2020
Trump agrees with McConnell’s calculations. On Saturday morning, he tweeted:
‘@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!’
.@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
Trump does not have any sort of mandate from the majority of Americans. Millions more people voted against him than for him in the 2016 presidential election. He and his cronies are corrupt, power-hungry egomaniacs who seem forever willing to sell out America.