United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) died on Saturday, Sept. 18 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. When this news broke, RBG’s name was trending with four million tweets on Twitter along with many concerns from Americans. “No. No. No.” also started trending at 2.95 million tweets by 9:22 p.m. because of Americans fearing what could happen to not only the country but to women when President Donald Trump elects the next supreme court official to take over RBG’s place.
RBG was known to be a feminist trailblazer by being the voice for gender equality, women’s rights and many other civil rights discussions. RBG has been an inspiration for many women including Hillary Clinton who tweeted her condolences and how RBG inspired her. Even though her death is very saddening, RBG’s vacant spot also leaves America anxious about who’s going to fill that space.
The president has the decision to fill up a vacant Supreme Court spot if a member were to die or step down. Due to being an election year, it was originally unknown if Trump was able to fill up that spot right away or if the spot will be filled by the next president. But, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, released a statement on Twitter after the release of RBG’s death that the Senate can fill the current vacant spot once Trump nominates someone.
The Senate and the nation mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.My full statement: pic.twitter.com/NOwYLhDxIk— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 19, 2020
Yet, in 2016, McConnell blocked former President Barack Obama from filling the Supreme Court nomination after the passing of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, stating that the American people should have the voice in the process and to wait until the next president was nominated. Besides the death of RBG herself, the reason why some Americans slightly upset about the situation right now because McConnell couldn’t wait a few days to let the family, friends and supporters of RBG grieve over her death to release the plans of filling the vacant spot, despite RBG’s dying wish for her spot to be filled after the next president is nominated. I completely understand that a vacant spot in the Supreme Court is a serious thing that needs to be solved soon, but the disrespect of McConnell has shown on Saturday evening is just sickening.
Another reason why some are upset because of the hypocrisy that McConnell has shown for himself during this situation. Four years ago was the American’s voice to be able to determine the next vacant spot and for it to be filled after the election. Now, he’s rushing to vote for the nominee and not giving America that voice.
The reason why RBG’s death is so detrimental because RBG has always been the voice of women’s rights and gender equality that if Trump were to nominate someone with a strong conservative-leaning, one of the most well-known court case, Roe vs Wade, which grants women to have safe abortions, could possibly be overturned, thus not giving American women the right to make their own decision to their bodies.
At the end of the day, RBG’s legacy will be greatly remembered. She was a powerful force in the US government as she was a great inspiration for many women in America and provided a voice for them on their behalf. One of her many well-known quotes was “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” This quote should be a reminder for all Americans is to continue to fight for what you believe in, but in a way where people will understand your position and stand with you.
Nevertheless, RBG’s death should serve as a reminder for Americans to vote. If you’re not registered, please do so. Even if you don’t agree with the two major presidential nominees or any of the nominees on the ballot, your vote will always matter at the end of the day.