87-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last night following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
President Trump’s reaction to the news of her death by a reporter was respectful and heartfelt. “Whether you agreed or not…She was an amazing woman who led an amazing life,” he told the reporter as he headed back to Air Force One to board the plane following a huge campaign rally in Wisconsin.
President Trump also shared a statement regarding the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, calling her a “titan of the law.” He also praised Ginsburg for her disposition with her fellow supreme court justices, saying, “one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one’s colleagues. or different points of view.” Left-leaning Justice Ginsburg and conservative Justice Scalia were very close personal friends, in spite of their opposing ideological views.
The left immediately kicked their campaign to discourage President Trump from replacing Ginsburg before the election into high gear. The far-left Act Blue website raised over $11 million in donations in less than two hours after Ginsburg’s death was announced.
ActBlue processed $11,383,676 in donations between 9:22 PM and 11:10 PM. That's $105,404.41 per minute, $1,756.74 per second. There's no sign of slowing down.
— Jessy Han (@hjessy_) September 19, 2020
Immediately following the report of Ginsburg’s death, NPR reported: “Just days before her death, as her strength waned, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: ‘My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.’”
President Trump quickly got out ahead of the media and made his intentions known to the public with a Twitter statement that clarified his intention to fulfill his “obligation” to replace Ginsburg “without delay!”
In his tweet, President Trump also reminded the GOP (Senators) that they were “put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us.”
On Wednesday, President Trump shared 20 new names to his 2017 list that included 25 potential supreme court justice picks. His new list included Senators Hawley, Cruz and Cotton.
One name in particular, that appeared on Trump’s 2017 list, is emerging in the media as an “early frontrunner.”
Bloomberg News reports – Amy Coney Barrett swiftly emerged as an early front-runner to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court among allies of President Donald Trump, who are preparing to press forward with a hotly contested nomination battle on the eve of an election.
Barrett, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge appointed by Trump, is on a list of potential high court nominees Trump updated earlier this month. She was also among the finalists Trump considered before selecting Brett Kavanaugh for the court in 2018. “If the president is of a mind to replace Justice Ginsburg with a woman, then somebody who would be at or near the top of the list would be Judge Amy Coney Barrett,” said John Malcolm, a legal expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation whose list of possible Supreme Court justices was largely adopted by then-candidate Trump in 2016.
She’s certainly a favorite among social conservatives and also had expressed a great deal of skepticism about the administrative state,” he added.
Barrett was confirmed as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in October 2017. She is on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame’s law school, from which she graduated.
A devout Roman Catholic with seven children, Barrett weathered a tough confirmation process after Trump appointed her to the Seventh Circuit in 2017. “She showed great grace under fire when her bona fides were challenged,” Malcolm said.
A former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, Barrett opposes abortion, but she said in a 2013 speech at Notre Dame that it was “very unlikely” the Supreme Court would ever overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a legal right to an abortion in the U.S. “The fundamental element, that the woman has a right to choose abortion, will probably stand,” she said, according to an account of her remarks in the student newspaper. “The controversy right now is about funding. It’s a question of whether abortions will be publicly or privately funded.”
The Democrats can thank former Senator Harry Reid for giving them the ability to name another Supreme Court Justice before the end of Trump’s term in January.