FLASHBACK: RBG in 2016 said Senate should hold confirmation hearing during election year


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The media and Democrats are going absolutely nuts at the idea of Trump filling RBG’s seat in the Supreme Court.

Many of them are issuing threats if Senate Republicans even attempt confirmation hearings.

And they’re also pointing to the alleged fact that Ginsburg’s dying wish was that she be replaced by the next president.

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But what was Ginsburg’s opinion in 2016 when Scalia died and Obama tried to fill his seat?

Why, she felt it was perfectly okay for Obama to fill a SCOTUS seat in an election year!

Just take a look at the Fox News report on Ginsburg’s 2016 opinion:

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prompted key Washington figures to change their tune on whether a high-court vacancy should be filled so close to an election – and even the late jurist seems to have reversed herself on the issue.

Ginsburg, whose death was announced Friday, reportedly told her granddaughter Clara Spera, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” That desire jibes with Democrats, including presidential nominee Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, whose initial statements included both tributes to Ginsburg and warnings to President Trump that the next nominee could only be named by the winner of the November presidential election.

But in 2016, when a lame-duck President Obama tabbed Merrick Garland to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Democratic leaders had no problem with the move. And neither did Ginsburg.

“There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being the president in his last year,” Ginsburg said in a 2016 New York Times interview in which she called for Garland to receive a confirmation vote in the Senate.

As for whether the Senate should take up a vote on Garland, Ginsburg said at the time, “That’s their job.”

Who really knows if Ginsburg really had a dying wish to be replaced by the next president?

But she was absolutely right in 2016.

Trump is still the President until January 2021 at least and he has the constitutional right to fill the vacant SCOTUS seat left by Ginsburg.

And don't forget that waiting to fill a SCOTUS vacancy in an election year is called the "Biden Rule" for a reason.

The New York Post reported on Biden's call in 1992 for President Bush to wait to fill a Supreme Court vacancy until after the election:

Blame it on Biden.

The Senate firefight over whether President Trump’s expected Supreme Court nominee should get an election-year vote goes back to 1992 — and a speech by the Democrats’ presidential standard-bearer, then a senator from Delaware.

In that election year, as Republican President George H.W. Bush sought a second term, the Democrats held a Senate majority. Sen. Joe Biden served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

There was no Supreme Court vacancy at the time, but Biden took the Senate floor for a speech.

“Once the political season is under way … action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over,” the future vice-president declared.

As long as the White House was held by one party and the Senate by the other, the voters should make the call, Biden said — a historical precedent in place since 1888.

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Here's Biden himself making the remarks:

So don't listen to all of these liberals saying Mitch McConell has changed the rules.

He hasn't.

The Senate and the Presidency are controlled by Republicans and they have the absolute right to fill Ginsburg's vacant seat.


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