OPINION: Voter voices deserve to be heard in matter of Ginsburg replacement

Seat vacancy causes some debate in politics. (Photo courtesy of RUVEN AFANADOR)Seat vacancy causes some debate in politics. (Photo courtesy of RUVEN AFANADOR)

Ashley Gompert, Copy Editor

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

It’s been plastered all over social media and every news station since her passing on Sept. 18. This monumental quote holds much power and has rightfully caused some debate in political circles.

President Trump is already making replacement nomination plans, and vows to have his pick confirmed by the end of the year. The POTUS told reporters it was his duty to name a successor as quickly as possible. 

But a vacant seat so close to a presidential election has not happened since Abraham Lincoln held office. With just over 5 weeks left before the election, to push for a new candidate now would be a very strategic move for the republicans. 

Speaking of the Grand Old Party, what have they had to say in past instances such as this? 

“You don’t do this in an election year,” Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said.

“Let the American people consider it as part of deciding who to support in November,” Republican Sen. John Barrasso said.

“In a few short months we will have a new President, and new Senators. You can consider the next justice with the full faith of the American people,” Republican Sen. Tom Cotton said.

There are many many more of these quotes from Rep. Sen., all claiming the voices of the American people deserve to be heard. 

If it was important to consider the voters’ voice nine months before the 2016 election, it should be just as important now.

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