Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the very face of integrity, succumbed on Friday after finally losing her years-long battle with cancer. Near the end of her life, Ginsburg stated that her “most fervent wish” was that she not be replaced on the Supreme Court until after the election of the new president.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in February 2016 (after President Barack Obama nominated Merritt Garland to the court to replace Antonin Scalia): “It’s too close to an election for the Senate to hold a hearing or vote on a Supreme Court appointee.”
McConnell on Sept. 18, 2020 (the same day of Ginsburg’s death): “President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ginsburg will get a Senate vote.”
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina senator and chairman of the Senate’s Judicial Committee, told a forum at the Atlantic Festival in 2018 that he would wait until after the next election if an opening on the Supreme Court happened after the primaries.
Graham announced on Friday evening, after learning of Ginsburg’s death, that he intends to support President Trump and Majority Leader McConnell in their efforts to fill the court vacancy this year.