Conservatives are salivating at the prospect that President Donald Trump will be able to install a third member to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. Such a move appears likely to accomplish their No. 1 goal: dismantling the abortion rights established in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
Although Ginsburg made one last wish, asking not to be replaced “until a new president is installed” following this year’s election, Trump and Republican Senate leaders have made no attempt to conceal their desire to shove her replacement through the gears of Congress as quickly as possible.
And conservatives have begun to signal that they are preparing for a showdown on abortion rights, which Ginsburg, a feminist icon, had staunchly defended since being confirmed to the bench in 1993 as a decision women should be able to make for themselves.
Shortly after news surfaced of Ginsburg’s death made headlines, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) posted a scathing tweet: “RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws. With [Trump] nominating a replacement that values human life, generations of unborn children have a chance to live.”
RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws. With @realDonaldTrump nominating a replacement that values human life, generations of unborn children have a chance to live.— Doug Collins (@CollinsforGA) September 19, 2020
Collins, who is running for the GOP Senate nomination in Georgia against incumbent Kelly Loeffler, was excoriated for his callous message.
He was accused of “celebrating” Ginsburg’s death by Scott Dworkin, founder of the Democratic Coalition. Carolyn Bourdeaux, a Democratic House candidate from Collins’ state, called his message “wrong and despicable.”