T.The resistance movement, forged in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, now faces perhaps its greatest challenge: to hold open a vacancy on the Supreme Court that, if filled, will cement a Conservative majority for decades to come.
The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court̵
Perhaps that was what Ginsburg feared. According to NPR, the 87-year-old judiciary dictated one final message to her granddaughter Clara Spera: “My deepest wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
With control of every branch of government now in balance, liberal groups are redoing their efforts, pressuring Senate Democrats to use all possible tactics to prevent Trump from setting a third justice system.
Since Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in February 2016 when McConnell made the unprecedented decision not to consider Barack Obama’s candidate Merrick Garland, Democratic anger has built up, arguing it was too close to a presidential election.
“Americans should have a voice in choosing their next Supreme Court,” said McConnell.
Now McConnell insists that circumstances are different and that Trump’s candidate deserves a vote even though Americans have already started voting in the presidential election.
“Let me be clear,” the minority leader Chuck Schumer told Senate Democrats in a conference call on Saturday, according to a source. “If Leader McConnell and the Senate Republicans keep doing this, nothing will be off the table for next year.”
Ed Markey was perhaps the first Senate member to propose retaliation by enlarging the court.
“Mitch McConnell set the precedent,” the Massachusetts Democrat said on Twitter. “There were no Supreme Court vacancies in an election year. If he breaks and the Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we need to get rid of the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court. “
In a statement following Ginsburg’s death, Obama warned that McConnell was risking harm to the court.
“A fundamental tenet of the law – and everyday fairness – is that we apply rules consistently and not based on what is convenient or beneficial at the moment,” Obama said. “The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts and the basic functioning of our democracy all depend on this rationale.”
Brian Fallon, Founder of Liberal Justice Advocacy, Demand Justice, said, “Make no mistake, any Supreme Court with a Trump judiciary confirming Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the calendar at this point would be fundamentally illegitimate, and the Democrats must be prepared to act accordingly. “
Democrats vowed to honor Ginsburg’s legacy by ensuring Trump did not replace her. To fulfill such a promise, they could win not only the White House but the Senate as well. Even then, the Republicans could try to get a candidate through the Lame Duck session.
When panic gave way to planning, activist groups stepped up efforts to help the Democrats take the Senate. Across the country, the progressive organization Indivisible flooded the phone lines of Republican senators, demanding that the seat be vacant by the inauguration.
According to ActBlue, an advanced online platform, Democrats have also shattered online donation records. A staggering $ 31 million had been received within 12 hours of Ginsburg’s death being announced.
Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, told reporters she had never seen liberals so passionate about a subject that usually animates conservatives.
“I think people understand like never before the level of stakes, not just for the court, but also for health, civil rights and abortion,” she said. “Three and a half years of Trump judges have undoubtedly trained progressives. [and] I think the country, how important the justice system is and how long after Donald Trump leaves these judges will be there to sign our rights and freedoms. “
For decades, conservatives have organized themselves around the Supreme Court, advocating judges who could overthrow Roe against Wade, the 1973 ruling that established the legal right to abortion. In 2016, Trump helped appease conservatives who were aware of his unorthodox candidacy by pledging to appoint anti-abortion judges. He repeated the exercise this month.
But there are signs that the court is now an equally exciting topic for Democrats. According to a poll by the Pew Research Center last month, 66% of Joe Biden’s supporters said the Supreme Court was a “very important” factor in their vote, compared with 61% of Trump supporters.
Simple math will show how McConnell does it. The Republicans in the Senate defend a majority of 53 seats. A handful of vulnerable incumbents and moderators have expressed concerns about pushing a nomination so close to the election.
Unless they win Democratic votes, Republicans can only afford to lose three if they want to affirm a justice, with Vice President Mike Pence tying. Another wrinkle could be the race in Arizona to fill the vacant position of John McCain. Should Democrat Mark Kelly defeat Republican Martha McSally, who was appointed to the seat, some experts believe he could be seated as early as late November, making the math of the Supreme Court battle even more precarious.
Ginsburg’s death also sparked evidence when some Democrats blamed former Senate majority leader Harry Reid for removing the 60-vote threshold for most presidential candidates in 2013 after Republicans refused to accept Obama’s lower election Approve courts. In 2017, McConnell’s Republicans removed the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court candidates.
“Thank you Harry,” tweeted Trump.
New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Ginsburg’s death was intended to “radicalize” progressive voters and motivate them to vote for Biden.
“Let this moment really bring everything into focus, because this election has always been about the fight for and for our lives,” she said in a video posted on Instagram.
Mass activism, which began with the women’s march in January 2017, helped gain democratic control of the house the following year. Now such activists are hoping the movement will not only help them remove Trump, but also secure Ginsburg’s legacy.
Hundreds were expected to attend a vigil for Ginsburg on the steps of the Supreme Court on Saturday evening. While the Democrats have failed a track record in such struggles – efforts to bring down Brett Kavanaugh last failed in 2018 – progressive leaders were expected to pledge a campaign of unqualified crime.
This view is shared by Hillary Clinton, the 2016 presidential candidate who many believed would nominate Ginsburg’s successor.
Speaking on MSNBC, Clinton called on Senate Democrats “to use every possible maneuver” to prevent McConnell from filling the vacancy. It referred to the Senate majority leader’s obligation to confirm Trump’s nomination as a “monument to hypocrisy”, which would lead to “the greatest travesty”.
“Let’s go fight,” she said. “Let’s not give an inch.”