Like so many other Democrats on the Hill, California Sen. Kamala Harris has lost sight of the Constitution in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last week.
Ginsburg died Friday at age 87 of what Politico described as “complications related to pancreatic cancer.” In a statement the next day, Harris heralded the late justice as a “titan” and “relentless defender of justice in our country” who should get her dying wish: to not be replaced until a new president is named, presumably after November’s election.
“For all who believe in the power of the law as a force for change, Justice Ginsburg was and will always be a titan. She was a relentless defender of justice in our country and a legal mind for the ages,” Harris said in a joint statement with her husband, Doug Emhoff, according to the Washington Examiner.
The Democrat vice presidential hopeful went on: “Justice Ginsburg used every ounce of life she was bestowed to urge our nation down a path toward equal justice.”
“Nothing is off the table”
But Harris didn’t just use her Saturday statement to look back on Ginsburg’s life. According to the Examiner, Harris said that “even as we focus on the life that [Ginsburg] led and process tonight’s grief, her legacy and the future of the court to which she dedicated so much can’t disappear from our effort to honor her.”
“In some of her final moments with her family, she shared her fervent wish to ‘not be replaced until a new president is installed,'” the senator explained. “We will honor that wish,” she vowed.
It’s a promise also made by other Dems like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who each said over the weekend that their party is willing to do whatever it takes to block Trump from naming a replacement for Ginsburg before November’s election.
“We have a responsibility, we take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people,” Pelosi told ABC News on Sunday, according to The Hill. “When we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy, requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, has expressed a similar sentiment. “Let me be clear: if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year,” he said Saturday, according to Politico. “Nothing is off the table.”
“We will keep our promise”
But Trump and Senate Republicans have shown no signs of backing down. In a statement last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the upper chamber will be moving forward on filling the new vacancy on the Supreme Court as soon as possible.
“Americans re-elected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary,” McConnell said.
“Once again, we will keep our promise,” the majority leader added. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”