The death of progressive judge Ruth Ginsburg shakes up the campaign in the United States. The Democratic opposition wants to delay the decision until after the November elections.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, on Saturday called on Republicans to fill “without delay” the vacancy left in the Supreme Court after the death of progressive Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Friday, at the age of 87.
Appointing the magistrates of the high court is “the most important decision” by which a president is chosen, Trump tweeted, while the Democratic opposition asks that he not exercise that authority before the presidential elections on November 3.
Addressing the Republican Party, the president wrote: “We have been put in a position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered the selection of judges. from the US Supreme Court. We have this obligation, without delay! “
Ginsburg’s death this Friday has unleashed a pulse between republicans and democrats on the search for a replacement, an issue that will radically change the dynamics of the campaign for the presidential elections on November 3.
The Constitution of the United States grants the president the power to appoint the magistrates of the Supreme Court, of nine members with life positions, and who must also have the consent of the Senate.
President Trump’s Republican party holds the Senate a majority of 53 seats out of 100, and his caucus leader, Mitch McConnell, has already said he would organize a vote if the president made a nomination to fill the vacancy left by Ginsburg, the court’s most progressive judge, known for her staunch defense of civil rights and equality. of genre.
However, McConnell refused to hold an audience in 2016 with a candidate appointed by then-President Barack Obama, arguing that such a decision should not be made in the middle of the electoral campaign.
Democrats want to avoid at all costs that Trump appoints a new judge – he would be the third in his term – to the Supreme Court, who will award on the great issues of American society, making it more conservative.
The US Supreme Court has the power to change the laws of the country for decades. Specifically, play a crucial role in issues such as abortion, the rights of migrants, privacy, the death penalty and the possession of weapons.
For the Christian right, the Supreme Court is a central issue and, therefore, this month, Trump renewed his promise to appoint judges who oppose abortion and promise to protect the right to bear arms.
Shortly after the announcement of Ginsburg’s death, Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement pledging to put to vote the candidate Trump selects for the Supreme Court.
Until the death of Judge Ginsburg, the high court had 5 conservative and 4 progressive magistrates.
Trump managed in his first year as president to get the Republican majority in the Senate to give the green light to his first nominee for the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, and then, on October 6, 2018, he did the same for Brett Kavanaugh, accused sexual abuse, put on the robe in high court.
Source: EFE and AFP