- THE NATIONAL INTEREST - Sep 20, 2020 -
The race is on to raise money from the Supreme Court vacancy.
The news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death Friday set fire to a swarm of seething arguments over whether President Donald Trump and a GOP-majority Senate could fill the vacant seat before Election Day.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed shortly after Ginsburg’s death that he would press Trump’s nominee on the Supreme Court. That move that’s received backlash from Democrats since the Kentucky lawmaker blocked President Barack Obama’s 2016 nominee during the last few months of Obama’s presidential term. Filling Ginsburg’s seat with a Republican would squash the partisan balance of the court.
“Americans re-elected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary,” McConnell said in a statement. “Once again, we will keep our promise. President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
McConnell has been labeled as a hypocrite since he blocked Merrick Garland, an appeals court judge, when Obama nominated him to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia after he passed away in February 2016, arguing that the nomination should wait until after voters decide the 2016 election.