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Ruth Bader Ginsburg supposedly said that she wants the "next president" to pick her successor.
A lot of people aren't buying it.
And one of those people appears to be President Trump.
During a phone interview with Fox and Friends, Trump appeared to call BS on the reports about RBG's dying last words.
Specifically, Trump said:
Look, I don't know if she said that.
Or was that written out by Schiff, Schumer and Pelosi?
But that sounds like a Schumer deal, or Pelosi, or maybe even Shifty Schiff.
Indeed, there is no recording of RBG's last words.
It was immediately reported by the media after news broke of RBG's death.
As of this writing, the family has yet to publicly confirm the supposed statement.
See Trump's appearance on Fox and Friends below:
It was widely reported that Ginsburg dying wish was that she would be replaced by the next president.
According to CNBC:
Just days before her death Friday evening, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that her “most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” according to an NPR report.
Ginsburg, 87, died of complications from pancreatic cancer, the Court said in a statement. Her death comes less than seven weeks before the 2020 election between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
NPR, which first broke the news of Ginsburg’s passing, reported that the liberal associate justice dictated her wish to her granddaughter Clara Spera.
The new vacancy on the court gives Trump a chance to add another conservative justice to the nine-member bench of the highest court in the United States. Trump has touted his previous nominees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, as being among the major accomplishments of his first term in office.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement Friday night that Trump’s next nominee “will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
McConnell said last year that he would seek to confirm another justice to the bench if the opportunity arose, even in an election year.
Liberals are already slamming Trumps words.
But here's the interesting thing...
Ginsburg was a Supreme Court justice.
This means that she knows the law...
Especially the Constitution.
The Constitution gives the president the authority and power to nominate SCOTUS justices.
Surely Ginsburg knew this.
This really throws cold water on the theory that her dying wish was that the "next president" would replace her.
What if Trump wins the election?
Does that mean Ginsburg wanted the seat to remain empty for another 4 years?
That's not how this works!
The media is already attempting to attack Trump for raising common sense questions about RBG's supposed dying wish.
Politico emphasizes that Trump made the speculation "without evidence":
President Donald Trump on Monday cast doubt on the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish that her vacancy on the court be filled by the winner of November's presidential election, accusing Democratic leaders without evidence of fabricating the statement Ginsburg’s granddaughter provided to POLITICO.
Clara Spera, Ginsburg's granddaughter and a fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union, told POLITICO that shortly before her death Friday evening, the justice declared that “my most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” But Trump suggested on Monday that the former associate justice's wish may have been the creation of Congressional Democrats, an allegation for which he offered no justification or proof.
“I don't know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff, and Schumer and Pelosi,” Trump said in an interview on “Fox & Friends,” referring to the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, the Senate minority leader and the House speaker.
“I would be more inclined to the second, ok you know that came out of the wind, it sounds so beautiful. But that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe a Pelosi or shifty Schiff,” he said, adding later: “I mean, maybe she did and maybe she didn't.”
Spokespeople for Pelosi and Schumer did not immediately return emails seeking comment on the president's accusation.
Ginsburg’s dying wish has become a rallying cry for liberals, who have pledged to block Trump’s nominee. Democrats, though, are in the minority in the Senate and have very little in terms of options available to them that could unilaterally block Trump's nominee from being confirmed.
Surely Ginsburg knew that Trump had the authority and right to pick her successor.
It's unlikely that a SCOTUS justice would actually verbalize such a dying wish.
That's not to say it didn't happen.
But any serious Constitutional Scholar knows that the SCOTUS is determined by the President and the Senate, not a reported dying wish.