Ruth Bader Ginsburg: What Comes Next?

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last Friday after complications with cancer.

Kennedy Jones, Staff Writer


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died last Friday, September 18, due to complications with metastatic pancreas cancer at age 87. As an advocate for women’s rights, she was able to enact many laws that have shaped the United States in many ways— due to this, controversy has arisen over who will take her spot.

Throughout her 17 years as a Supreme Court Justice, Ginsburg was an activist for women by allowing them the right to vote, giving them the opportunity to join the military in Virginia and much more. While her legacy will always be remembered, many question who will appoint the next Justice.

With her death being seven weeks before Election Day, a political fight has opened up over the future of the court. However, Ginsburg had her own opinions on the subject before her death.

“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg said to her granddaughter, NPR reported.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama agree that the appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice should be held off until the election on November 3.

“All the kind words about Justice Ginsburg from the Republican majority will be totally empty if those Republicans ignore her dying wish and replace her with someone who will tear down everything she built,” Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, said.

However, current republican President Donald Trump has other plans. At a campaign rally on Saturday in North Carolina, Trump announced that he will swear in a new Supreme Court Justice despite what the democrats have said.

“I will be putting forth a nominee next week. It will be a woman,” Trump said at the rally.

Evidence as to why Trump is appointing a new justice so soon is due to the US Senate’s failure to agree on a resolution for honoring Ginsburg’s death after her wish that no one would be appointed until the election. This points to how divided the chamber is over the vacancy in the Supreme Court. Although a new justice will be appointed soon, Ginsburg’s legacy will always be remembered.