The recent hospitalization of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg following a year of health scares has raised the prospect of a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year and a partisan battle royal that would likely surpass the impeachment fight.
Liberal activists are already calling on President Trump to keep any possible Supreme Court vacancy open until after the 2020 election, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has indicated he would fill a court vacancy next year, even though he blocked former President Obama’s nominee for most of 2016 after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
McConnell argued at the time that voters should have a chance to weigh in on the balance of the court.
86-Year-Old Justice Ginsburg Back in Hospital... She will not make it to end of year is my guess! They're lying to WTP & it is SELFISH she hasn't retired! So Wrong! https://t.co/bOCWi62y9g via @thelastrefuge2— Proud Conservative #StopTheCoup (@rnsr4u) November 30, 2019
Why Republicans Will Sidestep Their Garland Rule for the Court in 2020— Jon Cohen (@JonUPS_) November 30, 2019
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health scare raised the question of how the Senate would handle a Supreme Court vacancy in a presidential election year. https://t.co/qWWnrp1D4l