HRC President: Next Senate, President Must Confirm Ginsburg Replacement

by HRC Staff

Post submitted by Lucas Acosta (he/him), former Deputy Director of Communications, Politics

We lost an undisputed hero. She wasn’t just an iconic jurist, Justice Ginsburg was a force for good -- a force for bringing this country closer to delivering on its promise of equality for all.

Yesterday, our nation grappled with the shock of losing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a feminist icon, a champion for equality and a force that shaped the Court for a generation. This morning, President Trump and Senator McConnell made clear they intend to nominate and confirm a new justice ahead of the inauguration of a new President - not giving voters all across this nation the right to weigh in. In response, HRC President Alphonso David issued the following statement:

“Rushing a far-right nominee through a divisive, sham confirmation process before voters have spoken will only undermine both the legislative and judicial branches, and cause irreparable harm to our democracy. Under no circumstances should we take away voters' right to make this choice by nominating, holding hearings for or confirming any judicial nominee before Inauguration Day.

“Every advancement the LGBTQ community made at the Court over the last 20 years reflected Justice Ginsburg’s influence. From Lawrence to Obergefell and Bostock, the Court has been essential to creating a more equal and fair America for LGBTQ people.

“But this fight is not ours alone. We proudly stand alongside our partners in the racial justice, reproductive rights, and immigrant rights movements and will fight like hell because our lives depend on ensuring we protect Justice Ginsburg’s legacy and install a true ally for freedom, justice and equality on the Court. Only together, united, can we defeat this president and his attempts to roll back our progress.”

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