Washington – The president of the United States, Donald Trump, urged Republicans this Saturday to fill “without delay” the vacancy left in the Supreme Court after the death yesterday of progressive Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the age of 87.
Addressing the Republican Party, Trump tweeted: “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 the judges of the Supreme Court of the United States We have this obligation, without delay! “
The death this Friday of Ginsburg 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 Supreme Court of the United States is made up of nine magistrates with life appointments who have the power to change the laws of the country for decades.
Specifically, they play a crucial role on issues such as abortion, migrant rights, privacy, the death penalty and the possession of weapons.
The judges are appointed by the president and have to be confirmed by the Senate.
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.
To confirm a new judge, McConnell needs a simple majority, something he could achieve if 53 of the 100 Republican senators stick with Trump.
However, the confirmation process could be complicated if there are defections among the more moderate Republican senators.
For his part, the Democratic candidate for the White House, Joe Biden, considered last night that the president of the United States who is elected at the polls on November 3 should be the one who chooses a replacement for Ginsburg.
Until the death of the judge, the high court had 5 conservative and 4 progressive judges.
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.