Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of civil rights who achieved hero status among progressive Americans, died yesterday from metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87.
Within minutes of the announcement of her death, the Republican Party’s most virile mouthpieces were all making the nightly cable news rounds, vowing confirmation of a new Supreme Court justice with just 45 days to go before the election.
It would seem the GOP is more anxious than ever to confirm what progressive America has long believed – that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was their bogeyman. A warrior of a judge who read legal arguments during chemotherapy sessions, who alone was the one person standing between a return to backroom, coat-hanger abortions by unlicensed physicians, through the Republican vow to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Ted Cruz: "I believe that the president should next week nominee a successor to the court, and I think it is critical that the Senate takes up and confirms that successor before Election Day … this nomination is why Donald Trump was elected." pic.twitter.com/9jG3NN0zO4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 19, 2020
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
In 2016, Republican senators refused to confirm Obama’s pick, Merrick Garland, so close to an election, after conservative Antonin Scalia died suddenly on a hunting getaway with the Order of St. Hubertus – which has been described as an elite men-only sports club by some, the Illuminati for hunters by others. The American right wing was up in arms because, at the time, Obama’s nominee would have tipped the scales to a more progessive US Supreme Court for decades to come.
In light of current events I'm reminded of the lyrics to 'ain't we got fun?', "the rich get rich and the poor get children". Abortions have always been available to the wealthy.
— Boo-ffany Vander-spook 🌒🌕🌘 (@its_me_your_mom) September 19, 2020
Cue the Grand Ol’ Party, full of rich white men whose mistresses will ALWAYS be able to access safe abortions before a love child comes along. They lost their collective one-track minds about the possibility of a progressive court justice, and refused to cooperate. Neil Gorsuch was newly elected Trump’s first nominee, replacing Scalia.
Brett Kavanaugh, the entitled shit with the oily face and shrill whine, was confirmed later in Trump’s reign over the failing US state, replacing Reagan-appointee Anthony Kennedy.
.@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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
Now, not 24 hours after the death of RBG, Trump has made clear his intent to install a third Supreme Court justice in four years, whose role will be to ensure that Roe vs. Wade is overturned. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, a scumbag in a suit by every possible available metric, has claimed this scenario is different because when Scalia died the Dems only controlled the presidency, not the Senate, nor Congress. Now, Dems control Congress, but not the Senate, nor the presidency.
.@senatemajldr’s aides have been telling journalists for months they will absolutely fill a Supreme Court vacancy, claiming this is different b/c WH and Senate are controlled by same party. To quote one senior advisor: “You can call him an ass****, but not a hypocrite.”
— Tony Dokoupil (@tonydokoupil) September 19, 2020
Just last week, trump announced that he'd nominate both Ted Cruz AND Tom Cotton to SCOTUS.
TODAY, trump tells GOP Senators to fill RBG's now-vacant Supreme Court seat "without delay."
It should make your skin crawl.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 19, 2020
alright crash course. why is it such a big deal rbg died
other than that she was an amazing woman, the supreme court essentially decides all the important cases. they passed gay marriage nationwide, made it so kansas couldn’t outlaw abortions, etc. before her death, the balance-
— ash THEY/THEM (@theybees) September 19, 2020
It’s absolutely asinine, and devastating, that this is America this morning. Culturally, what happens in American politics can have a trickle-down effect to the rest of the West. Look at all the emboldened neo-Nazi groups we’ve seen get louder in Canada since 2001, but more recently since 2016. Complacency is not an option for ourselves, nor for American women.
From here in Vancouver, mid-pandemic, I can only suggest that progressive groups do every single thing they can to present a legal argument for decriminalization of abortion, when the question of Roe vs. Wade is inevitably broached. Of course, this being the legal status of abortion in Canada, it’s imperfect. But access is safe, and since we know well that abortions will not stop just because Roe vs. Wade is overturned, safe access for all women who choose this option is the only thing that truly matters.