Despite the claim that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reportedly said that she didn’t want her replacement to the Supreme Court named until after the 2020 election.
After the GOP controlled Senate used the “Biden Rule,” to successfully blocked Garland’s appointment in 2016.
What Is The “Biden Rule”?
Joe Biden stated in 1992 that a president should not nominate a Supreme Court justice in an election year when one party controlled the Senate and the other party the White House.
But after Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly in 2016, and the Senate invoked “The Biden Rule.” Ginsburg openly criticized Senate Republicans for refusing to vote on then-President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland to replace him.
“That’s their job,” Ginsberg told The New York Times in July of that year. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year.”
But just hours after her death, according to an NPR Report, RBG’s granddaughter, Clara Spera, claims that Justice Ginsburg told her that:
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg said in a statement dictated to her.
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