Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away September 18, did not want President Donald Trump to choose her successor for the Supreme Court. “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Justice Ginsburg said, as dictated by her granddaughter, a week before her death.
Of course, Trump—who not only wants to push forward a nominee “without delay” but who has also said he is “entitled” to a third term—doesn’t believe the feminist trailblazer would say such a thing. “I don’t know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff, Schumer, and Pelosi,” Trump said on Fox & Friends on September 21, per USA Today.
“I would be more inclined to the second,” he continued. “Okay, that came out of the wind and sounds so beautiful, but that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe a Pelosi or Shifty Schiff. So that came out of the wind. Maybe she did, or maybe she didn’t. The bottom line is we won the election, we have an obligation to do what’s right and act as quickly as possible.”
Less than 24 hours following Ginsburg’s passing, Trump tweeted his intention to move forward with his nominee, despite the GOP’s refusal to confirm President Barack Obama’s replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, a full eight months before the November presidential election.
“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us,” he wrote on September 19. “The most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of the United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!”
“We want to pay respect,” he said, per USA Today. “It looks like we will have probably services on Thursday or Friday…We should wait until the services are over for Justice Ginsburg.”
He knows what to do if he really wants to pay his respects.