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Not that there was much suspense that the liberal media would push the narrative on the Sunday talk shows, but CNN’s Jake Tapper was certain to bring up Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s “dying wish.”
You know, the one reportedly dictated to Ginsburg’s granddaughter “not be replaced until a new president is installed” — technically speaking, should President Trump be reelected, that would leave her seat vacant for four more years.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg allegedly told her granddaughter just days before her death.
Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday to explain the decision to advance a nominee to replace Ginsburg and Tapper was quick to exploit the opportunity
“Did the president ever consider honoring Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish?” he asked the Trump administration official.
“I think that today we as a nation mourn the loss of Justice Ginsburg,” Short replied. “She’s certainly a giant upon many shoulders and she blazed a trail for many women in the legal profession. But the decision of when to nominate does not lie with her.”
Short also pointed out that Ginsburg opposed the idea of “packing” the court with additional justices, as many Democrats advocate for — especially if Trump is able to seat his third nominee.
“I know as well in the last couple months she gave an interview to NPR in which she also counseled that she would oppose any sort of court-packing,” he said. “The reality is that this is the president’s obligation to make a nomination and he will do so in the near future.”
Earlier in the segment, Short told Tapper that the president “is prepared to make a nomination very soon.”
“We’ve had a couple of nominations that provide the president a chance to interview a lot of candidates.”
“He’s narrowed his list and he looks forward to fulfilling his obligation as president to make a nomination,” he said, stressing that history shows there have been 29 vacancies during a presidential election year and on every occasion, presidents have put forward a nominee.
“The president’s going to stick with his obligation to do that, he looks forward to making a nominee that I think the American people will be proud of,” Short said. “It’s one of the reasons they elected Donald Trump to be president in 2016 was because he made the Supreme Court an essential part of his candidacy.”
Tapper pointed to candidate Trump saying in 2016 Republicans should delay filling the seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia with President Barack Obama in office.
Short responded by going deeper into the details of filling seats in an election year, according to historical precedent, and also explained Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call in 2016 to wait until after the election.
After begrudgingly acknowledging that Short made the case to proceed, Tapper went back to statements Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in 2016 to call the decision “obvious hypocrisy.”
“I reject the notion as a hypocrisy,” Short countered. “Historical precedent is when your party’s in power and the president nominates, consistently going back to George Washington, the party has continued to confirm those nominees. So I don’t think there is a hypocrisy.”
He also reminded the CNN anchor that the American people elected Donald Trump in 2016 “because he was so transparent and said here’s who I would nominate.”
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