The Justice of the United States Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg He died this Friday at the age of 87 due to complications derived from the pancreatic cancer he suffered, as announced by the court itself.
In a statement, the Supreme Court has explained that Ginsburg has died in Washington “surrounded by her family” and a private burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, although a specific date has not been specified.
Chief Justice John Roberts has mourned the loss of Ginsburg, calling it “a jurist of historical stature” and “dear colleague”. “Today we cry, but with the confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her: a tireless and determined champion of Justice,” he added.
For his part, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, has learned of Ginsburg’s death thanks to journalists, as reported by the CNN television network. “She was an amazing woman, whether you agree or not, she was an amazing woman who led an incredible life “, has valued.
In a subsequent statement, the US president has praised the judge and stated that the country “mourns the loss of a titan of the law.”
Ginsburg was named a Supreme Court Justice by former President Bill Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court and served there for more than 27 years. During the last years of her career, she cast progressive votes on controversial social issues in the United States, such as the right to a abortion, gay marriage, the right to vote, immigration, or health care.
The death of the judge, less than seven weeks before the US elections, has opened a political fight over the future of the US Supreme Court. The court consists of a president and eight associate judges, that are appointed by the president of the country and confirmed in the Senate. They serve for life and can only be removed by Congress through an impeachment process or impeachment.
The Republican Majority Leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has already confirmed that the upper house will support Trump’s candidate for Supreme Court.
“Americans re-elected our majority in 2016 and increased it in 2018 because we promised to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to Justice “, has explained in a statement in which it has lamented the death of Ginsgurg.
“Once again, we will keep our promise. President Trump’s nominee will receive our vote in the United States Senate, “he added.
However, there may not be enough time to confirm a nominee before November 3, the date on which the elections are scheduled, as these nominations typically take two to three months to process, inform CNN.
Additionally, Republicans could lose control of the Senate and White House after the election and there may be enough Republican senators voting on the Democratic side and oppose the candidate of a president who has just lost the election. It takes 51 votes to confirm a new judge, and there are currently 53 Republican senators.
The one who is chosen
In this context, the Democratic candidate for the White House, Joe Biden, has considered that he must choose the replacement for Ginsburg who wins the November elections.
“Let me be clear: the voters have to choose a president and that president You have to choose a successor for Judge Ginsburg“, has argued on Twitter.
For her part, the president of the United States House of Representatives, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi, has ensured that, to “honor the pioneering career” of Ginsburg and “safeguard his powerful legacy”, it is necessary to ensure that the next judge appointed to the Supreme Court “maintains his commitment to equality, opportunity and justice for all” .