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The leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said this Monday that the upper house will vote the appointment of the new Supreme Court judge proposed by President Donald Trump “this year”, despite the controversy involved in relieving such a lifetime position in full elections. The death of progressive Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg last Friday has opened a new battle in this race for the White House. Instead of waiting for the president chosen at the polls on November 3 to propose a name, as demanded by the Democratic opposition and defended by the Republicans until now, Trump is trying to tie up his conservative candidate – advance who will be a woman – who will announce between Friday and Saturday.

To carry out the nominee, the Republicans only need to convince their own, since they control 53 of the 100 seats in the Senate and only need 51 votes. Senators Susan Collins, of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, have spoken out against their party’s majority position, but other Republican names that were doubted have dispelled doubts Monday. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Cory Gardner of Colorado have stated that they will vote for any nominee who is “qualified”. Thus, all eyes are on Mitt Romney of Utah, known for her opposition to Trump, who voted for the. impeachment (although he did so aware that it had no real effect).

“The Senate will vote on this nomination this year,” McConnell stressed from the Senate this Monday, “the Senate has plenty of time for this process.” Although a third of the upper house is renewed on November 3, the new senators will not take office until January 3.

For his part, Trump confirmed that he hopes to make the nomination public between Friday and Saturday, once the tributes and funeral services for the legendary judge Ginsburg, a capital figure in the fight for US civil rights, especially equality, are concluded. among men and women, enormously popular. She was one of the few magistrates of the Supreme Court, made up of six men and three women, and the Republican president has promised not to reduce that proportion further by proposing another judge.

This Monday he indicated that he is shuffling a list of five names. According The New York TimesThe best placed is Amy Coney Barrett, a 48-year-old conservative; although the Cuban-American Bárbara Lagoa, 52; Allison Jones Rushing, 38; and a White House attorney, Kate Todd.

There is another proportion at stake. Now, five of the new members of the high court are considered conservatives, nominated by Republican presidents, compared to four progressives (including the recently deceased Ginsburg). If the surrogate is conservative, the scales will tip even further.

Trump was confident that his party’s senators will close ranks and confirm the new judge, even if it is a contradiction to what they defended in 2016, when a conservative judge, Antonin Scalia, died in the middle of an election year under Barack Obama’s presidential election. . “It would be very bad for them, the voters who have chosen them have done so because of a certain ideology or sensitivity and they do not want them to do that. [bloquear el nombramiento]”.


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