2. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death sparks a political battle, mere hours after she passed
On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg succumbed to cancer, leaving a vacancy that Republicans are rushing to fill before the election in November. If a conservative is nominated to fill RBG’s seat, it could hinder historically progressive policy decisions from being made for generations.
“A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, ” Obama said in a statement on Friday. He’s talking about staying true to the precedent set in 2016. Senate Majority Leader McConnell refused to hold a hearing on Merrick Garland because “the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.”
According to NPR, in a statement to her granddaughter days before her death, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Though there is no obligation to serve her dying wish, a precedent has been set and the increasing partisan divide proves how crucial the November election is for the future success of America.