Former Vice President Joe Biden blasted Republicans Sunday for pushing to fill the Supreme Court seat of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the 2020 election and urged the GOP-controlled Senate not to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee before then.
The Democratic presidential nominee spoke in Philadelphiaon Ginsburg’s legacy and her death Friday and what it means for the future of the conservative-leaning high court. Biden called out Trump and Senate Republicans for responding to the death by announcing their intention to fill the vacancy as fast as possible, even as general election voting in some states already begins.
“To jam this nomination through the Senate is just an exercise in raw political power, and I don’t believe the people of this nation will stand for it,” Biden said. “President Trump has already made it clear: This is about power. Pure and simple. Power.
“Well, the voters should make it clear on this issue and so many others: The power in this nation resides with them ― the people,” he added. “And even if President Trump wants to put forward a name now, the Senate should not act on it until after the American people select their next president and the next Congress.”
Joe Biden in Philadelphia: "To jam this nomination through the Senate is just an exercise in raw political power, and I don’t believe the people of this nation will stand for it. President Trump has already made it clear: This is about power. Pure and simple. Power."— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) September 20, 2020
Ginsburg, 87, died of complications from cancer. She was a political, legal and cultural icon known for championing civil rights and women’s liberation and for writing ground-shifting dissenting opinions. Ginsburg was one of the court’s more liberal justices, and conservatives are eager to fill her seat with one of their own, which would give the court a 6-3 conservative majority among the justices.