Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died yesterday at her home in Washington. D.C., surrounded by family. She was 87 years old.The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.
NOW everyone wants to know “Who will fill her seat on the Supreme Court???” It is expected that President Donald Trump will put forth a nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat in the coming days.
Sources close to the President tell ABC that the list of potential nominees as very short, including at least one woman. Some have speculated U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a leading contender.
Trump was asked about Ginsburg’s death after leaving his Friday night campaign rally in Minnesota and he seemed surprised and a little shaken.
“Wow. I didn’t know that… I just — you’re telling me now for the first time. She led an amazing life. What else can you say? She was an amazing woman. Whether you agree or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. I’m actually sad to hear that. I am sad to hear that.”
Sources also told ABC that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already been reaching out to members of the Republican caucus after news of Ginsburg’s passing was announced. NOTE: The Senate needs just a simple majority to confirm a nominee, with Republicans currently holding 53 seats.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (or RBG is her nickname) was called many things by her ardent fans. A feminist pioneer, a progressive icon, a trailblazer who fought for gender equality as a lawyer and became a beloved hero of the progressive movement as a justice, even an improbable pop-culture icon, inspiring everything from an Oscar-nominated documentary film to her own action figure. And NOW…. THIS is what her passing is inspiring on Twitter— calls for violence.
Alyssa Mastromonaco tweets to “burn it down”
i realize i’m basically a stoner who makes jam at this point but uh….schumer is gonna shut down the senate or we burn it down, right?
this can’t be a forgone conclusion.
— alyssa GrudgePAC mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) September 19, 2020
Reza Aslan tweets to “burn it down”
If they even TRY to replace RBG we burn the entire fucking thing down.
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) September 19, 2020
Scott Ross tweet to “burn it down”
Fucking A, Ed.
If you can’t shut it down, burn it down. https://t.co/sZCyYxowGk
— Scot Ross (@rossacrosswi) September 19, 2020
Here is President Trump’s short list of candidates with notable names according to CNN:
Amy Coney Barrett
A former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Barrett was Trump’s pick for a seat on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals. She is in her 40’s and served as a professor at law at Notre Dame.
Born in Michigan this 51 year old was Trump nominated Thapar to the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017. He has served in government as well as the private practice. In 2007, he was the first American of South Asian descent to be named to an Article III federal judgeship.
Former US Solicitors General Paul Clement and Noel Francisco
Francisco, who stepped down as solicitor general in July at the end of the Supreme Court’s last term. Clement served as solicitor general during George W. Bush’s presidency. One of the most experienced appellate advocates in the country.
Trump appointed Lagoa to the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals in 2019. Before that, she was the first Hispanic woman and the first Cuban American woman on the Supreme Court of Florida.
Sen. Tom Cotton
Trump added several new names to his list earlier this month, including three Republican senators. Though two of them have said they aren’t interested in a spot on the bench, the third, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, could prove to be a highly consequential addition to the court if appointed.