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Sept. 19, 2020, 12:12 p.m. EDT

Trump to GOP: There’s an ‘obligation’ to replace Justice Ginsberg ‘without delay’

Rachel Koning Beals

President Trump tweeted a largely expected response Saturday morning to the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, saying the open seat should be filled without delay, as the election that could shake up a narrow Republican majority in the Senate, not to mention the White House occupant, is just 45 days away.

“@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!” Trump tweeted .

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  announced  Friday in the wake of  news of the death of the liberal justice that any nomination advanced by Trump would get a Senate vote. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer had earlier referenced McConnell’s 2016 words in  stating the view that the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice through their votes in the presidential election. At that time, Republicans blocked then-President Barack Obama’s nomination of  Merrick Garland

The high court had a 5-4 conservative majority prior to Ginsburg’s death.

Some Republican senators, including Susan Collins of Maine, who is in a tough reelection fight, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Charles Grassley of Iowa, have in the past stated their dislike of Supreme Court decisions so close to major elections. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina also has a mixed history in discussing these kinds of votes, tweeting on the topic again on Saturday . Uncertainty around these senators’ current views led to quick handicapping by political analysts attempting to calculate how such a tight vote might play out.

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