The Insider reports:
Senate Minority Chuck Schumer issued the same statement following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016.
Ginsburg died at the age of 87 due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. The Supreme Court Justice battled multiple forms of cancer over the past two decades.
Her seat could be Trump’s third opportunity to nominate a lifetime appointee. The appointee could give the court a conservative majority for decades. Ginsburg herself dictated a statement to her granddaughter, Clara Spera, which said, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.
Schumer: “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 19, 2020
Chuck Schumer on Twitter said “this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president” — a direct quote of a remark made by Mitch McConnell, who famously blocked Merrick Garland’s nomination after Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016.https://t.co/zNOKNVbdgT
— NPR (@NPR) September 19, 2020
Schumer’s statement is verbatim what Mitch McConnell said four years ago when Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016. https://t.co/ZHr6g3bFAV
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) September 19, 2020