The second woman that was appointed to the Supreme Court died today from complications surrounding her cancer diagnosis.
President Trump’s first remarks on hearing of her death were to honor an incredible woman.
WATCH: Trump hears from a reporter that Justice Ginsburg has died.
"She just died? Wow. I didn't know that, you're telling me now for the first time."
"She led an amazing life. What else can you say? She was an amazing woman…I'm sad to hear that." pic.twitter.com/5Na3vHzP7f
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) September 19, 2020
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was wildly popular in progressive circles, had been diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer earlier this year and began chemotherapy in May, but didn’t reveal it publicly until mid-July.
Justice Ginsberg had successfully defeated cancer four times but lost this last battle.
The Supreme Court confirmed that the 87-year old’s death.
Ginsburg was hospitalized on Tuesday for nonsurgical treatment for a gallbladder condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
The 87-year-old associate justice had experienced several health problems in recent years. She overcame four bouts of cancer over the past 20 years, the same disease that claimed her husband’s life in 2010 and her mother’s the day before her high school graduation. In January, she announced she was cancer-free.
She received radiation treatment for a tumor on her pancreas in August 2019, and in December 2018 she had two cancerous nodules removed from her lungs. During the latter, Ginsburg was absent from oral arguments for the first time during her tenure on the Supreme Court.
While we should prepare for a vicious political fight as President Trump nominates a judge to replace her, let’s take a moment and remember that even if we thought that her political and judicial decisions were wrongheaded, she was a human being made in the image of God. Let’s not let her political statements–our ours–detract from this moment.
Fox News posted a beautiful tribute to Justice Ginsburg chronicling her pretty incredible journey to the Supreme Court.
“People who don’t agree with her policy instincts still think the world of her as a judge. Justice Scalia [the late conservative] once said if he were ever stranded on a desert island with a liberal, he’d want it to be Ruth Ginsburg.”
Clerks and staff described her as a mother figure of sorts, keeping track of birthdays, anniversaries, even dentist appointments. Despite deep affection and a nurturing personality, she was also a stern taskmaster, pushing hard for excellence in the often tedious, detailed-oriented work of the Court: preparing arguments, writing opinions. Ginsburg, friends said, was even harder on herself, often working all night. She has been known to take a flashlight to a movie theater, catching up on her caseload, while still following the plot.
Source: Fox News
The progressive “Notorious R.B.G” and the Originalist Justice Antonin Scalia made an unlikely friendship.
I'm very sad to hear about the passing of my parents' good friend, and my father's wonderful colleague, Justice Ginsburg. May her memory be a blessing. I'd like to share a couple of passages that convey what she meant to my dad…/3
— Christopher J. Scalia (@cjscalia) September 18, 2020
This is a story that Judge Jeffrey Sutton shares about an encounter late in my dad's life, when he bought his friend Ruth two dozen roses for her birthday. "Some things in life are more important than votes." pic.twitter.com/wjCJvFcdHm
— Christopher J. Scalia (@cjscalia) September 19, 2020
If Antonin Scalia could find something good in her, surely she wasn’t all bad.
But now, back to reality.
NPR reports that as her health was failing, Justice Ginsburg dictated a statement to her granddaughter saying, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Just days before her death, as her strength waned, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed." https://t.co/FcYqBfhRl3
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 18, 2020
Unfortunately for the late Supreme Court Justice, that’s not how our system works. There is no Article Two provision for the dying wish of an Article Three appointee.
In 2019, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that he would nominate a justice in 2020. This will make the Dems go absolutely insane because of the blocking of Merrick Garland’s nomination in 2016. McConnell said that this would be different than Garland’s nomination because the President and the Senate are from the same party.
The L.A. Times is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have the Senate vote on President Trump’s pick to replace Justice Ginsburg.
Just in: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote on President Donald Trump's pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court though the election is just 46 days away. https://t.co/2ZWGa1S96V
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) September 19, 2020
The Senate and the nation mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/NOwYLhDxIk
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 19, 2020
Buckle up, it’s going to be rough.
If you think that Kavanaugh’s confirmation was a circus and vitriolic–you ain’t seen nothing yet…