Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a dynamic personality died at the age of 87.
Ginsburg was a great feminist icon and the second woman at the US Supreme Court.
US President Donald Trump stated that the position will be filled. And also that he will nominate a woman to sit in that respectable place.
The nominee will be a woman
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At a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Donald Trump stated these words.
“I will be putting forth a nominee next week. It will be a woman. I think it should be a woman because I actually like women much more than men.”
Trump further said that the successor will be very talented and brilliant. And that he wanted to make the nomination without any more setback.
He even lauded the former Justice Ginsburg by calling her a “legal giant”. He said that with her fierce devotion to justice and her brave battle against cancer inspired all Americans.
The potentials candidates in Trump’s mind
Trump proposed Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa of the Chicago-based 7th circuit and Atlanta-based 11th circuit respectively, as potential entrants. He nominated them for a life-time appointment to the U.S High Court.
The President said that it was his constitutional right to appoint a successor to R. B. Ginsburg. He even mentioned related actions in the past by George Washington.
Ginsburg’s death after 27 years of service in court gave Trump the chance to multiply its conservative majority to 6-3 at such time of a huge political gap in the USA.
Trump’s Republicans hold a majority of 53-47 in the Senate. And any nomination requires an approval by majority in the Senate. It is pretty obvious as to what would happen. If the Republicans nomination is a success then the power would shift in their favour.
On the other hand, not all Republican Senators gave the green signal for the nomination. Maine’s Susan Collins opposed the idea of nomination right now and that it should wait.
Collins said in a statement that this decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected on the November 3rd. And that it is fair that way for everyone.
Democrats strongly against the nomination
Plus, the Democrats too have strongly opposed this nomination before the elections in November.
Back in 2016, when Antonin Scalia died 10 months before the elections, Barack Obama was impeded to make a nomination by the Republicans.
Furthermore, some reports suggest that an Indo-American judge Amul Thapar is also in thoughts of President Trump for the top post.
Right now, he works on the 6th US Court of Appeals.