On Friday evening, news broke that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87.
According to the statement by the Supreme Court, the cause of death was “complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer,” which the judge has battled for several years.
As a reliable liberal vote on the court, Ginsburg has earned the admiration of many Democrats – but that’s not all. Even President Trump called her an “amazing woman” in his response to her death.
Ginsburgs passing, of course, leaves in question the future of the Supreme Court.
Stalwart Majority Leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell has left no question as to his plans.
In a statement issued just shortly after the Supreme Court announced Ginsburg’s passing, McConnell said – if the President decides to put a nominee forward – that nominee “will receive a vote on the floor.”
McConnell’s decision has lit a fire under liberal Democrats who are still just a little angry about Republicans blocking the confirmation of Merrick Gardland in 2016.
The majority leader defended his position in his statement, saying
McConnell repeated that defense in his Friday statement.
“Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year,” he said.
Clarifying the difference between the two nominees, he continued: “Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary.”
“Once again, we will keep our promise,” he added.
His pledge to confirm a nominee puts in motion what is likely to be a historic battle over the court in the heat of one of the most intense elections in history.