What Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Could Mean For 2020 And The Supreme Court

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg less than two months from the presidential election has forced a reexamination of Republicans' 11-month blockade in 2016 of then-President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a Friday night statement that President Trump's nominee to replace Ginsburg will get a vote in the Senate. Doing so would be a complete reversal of his position in 2016, when the GOP-led Senate refused to hold a hearing or vote on Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, saying it was too close to the election. Following Scalia’s death on February 13, 2016, McConnell stated: "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."


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