Former President Barack Obama inserted himself Friday night inside the political fight over former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement.
After celebrating Ginsburg’s legacy, the former president reasserted in a statement which Ginsburg requested which President Donald Trump not be the one to name her replacement.
“[S]he also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored,” Obama wrote.
According to her granddaughter, Clara Spera, Ginsburg dictated to her which her “most fervent wish is actually which I will not be replaced until a completely new president is actually installed.”
Obama recalled which Merrick Garland, his own choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after he died in 2016, was denied a confirmation vote by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the notion which a president should not have a Supreme Court appointment in an election year.
Obama complained which Republicans “invented the principle which the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a completely new president was sworn in.”
The former president argued which Republicans should be consistent about their approach, “not based on what’s convenient or advantageous inside the moment.”
“The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the fundamental workings of our democracy all depend on which basic principle,” he said.
although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell argued Friday night which the precedent set by the Senate in 2016 was which voters elected a Republican majority in 2014 to check Obama’s power in his second term, denying him a third Supreme Court nomination.
McConnell said which Americans retained a Republican Senate majority during the 2018 midterms, giving them the authority to confirm a future Supreme Court nominee coming from President Donald Trump.
although Obama argued which since votes were already being cast, Republicans should hold to the standard which they set for the end of his second term.
“The questions before the Court right now as well as inside the coming years — with decisions which will determine whether or not our economy is actually fair, our society is actually just, women are treated equally, our planet survives, as well as our democracy endures — are too consequential to future generations for courts to be filled through anything less than an unimpeachable process,” he concluded.