Barack Obama, former president of the United States, spoke on the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dean of the country’s Supreme Court. In communication, he recalled her trajectory and asked that republican senators not act for convenience when voting for her substitute in court:
“A basic principle of law – and of day-to-day justice – is that we apply the rules consistently, not based on what is convenient or advantageous at the moment. The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the foundations of our democracy, everyone depends on this basic principle. “
Obama continued: “While votes are already being cast in this election, Republican senators are called upon to apply this standard. The questions presented to the Court today and in the years to come – with decisions that will decide whether our economy and our society are fair, whether women they are treated equally, if our planet survives and if our democracy prevails – they are very important to be treated in any way other than an impeccable process “.
President Donald Trump has already announced that it intends to appoint “without delay” a new judge for the vacancy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, despite requests from the Democratic opposition that this will only happen after the election, on November 3. It is up to the Senate to approve the president’s nomination.
In the statement, Obama recalled that in 2016 the vote on his nomination to the Court was barred by Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who claimed that such a decision should not be made during the election campaign.
Trump has already appointed two judges to the Supreme Court. Today, the court has a conservative majority of 5-4, and opponents fear that a third nomination for the Republican will further widen this disparity.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg died yesterday at the age of 87, from pancreatic cancer.