Supreme Court vacancy injects new urgency into 2020 race

Supreme Court vacancy injects new urgency into 2020 race

Kelli Midgley, center, an English teacher from Baltimore, joins people gathered at the Supreme Court to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Ginsburg’s death leaves a vacancy that could be filled by a more conservative justice by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (J. Scott Applewhite) The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, and the effort by Republicans to quickly press ahead with action on a nominee to fill that seat, introduced a volatile new element into the 2020 race for President in what’s already been a campaign year upended by the Coronavirus outbreak. “The Senate should not consider any replacement for Justice Ginsburg until after the next Presidential inauguration,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). “We need a full court on Election Day,” countered Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). “The Senate must do its job and confirm a successor.” 1. Trump isn’t going to wait on a nomination. In a campaign stop on Saturday, President Trump made crystal clear that he doesn’t want to see if he’s re-elected first before picking someone to fill the seat of Justice Ginsburg. “We said that if for any reason we have a vacancy in the United States Supreme Court, we will fill that vacancy,” the President said in North Carolina, as the crowd chanted, “Fill that seat!” 2. The President says he will choose a woman for the High Court. Without naming names, President Trump said this weekend that he will […]

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