Dirty game

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Trump rushes to name Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement

Less than 40 days before the presidential election, Donald Trump will propose a candidate to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last Friday, as one of the nine life judges that make up the United States Supreme Court, the arbitrator of the Constitution that will have the last word in the litigation that may occur in the voting and the scrutiny, as it already happened in 2000, when it was the votes of the magistrates who gave the presidency to George W. Bush against Al Gore. This fact alone should induce the White House to abstain from such a decision and leave it in the hands of the incumbent president for the next term. Carrying it out would be perfectly legal, but highly debatable from a political point of view, illuminating a Supreme Court with a strong conservative majority far from the real political balances. Thanks to the electoral system, Trump entered the White House in 2016 with three million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton, and the 53 Republican senators, who must now ratify the appointment, have been elected with 13 million fewer votes than the rest of the 47 Democratic senators.

Four years ago the Republicans blocked the appointment of a judge at the proposal of Barack Obama 10 months before the presidential election, using his nomination for the next president as a democratic demand. Despite the haste and the double yardstick, it is not certain that they will get the replacement before November 3, in which case the mess could worsen with an appointment in the interregnum between the presidential election and the inauguration, before that a Democratic president and a Senate without a Republican majority could take office.

It is also probable that the maneuvers of the Republicans will finally give them victory, thanks to the arbitration of the many disputes that are expected with the vote by mail, but at this point the damage to the prestige and authority of democratic institutions is already immense. especially to the balances and counterpowers that characterize the American constitutional system. The republican maneuvers for a rapid replacement in the Supreme Court go beyond the elections and are intended to consolidate a conservative majority to guarantee control of presidential and parliamentary decisions through the coming decades. The objective, very popular among the most radical bases of republicanism, is to reverse the social advances and the policies of equality and protection of the rights of minorities, especially the right to abortion, and thus achieve, above the result of the ballot box, a true counter-reform against the constitutional legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the missing feminist judge.


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