Trump’s Supreme Court push roils US election

POTUS Donald Trump declared Saturday to immediately nominate a successor, likely a woman, to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, only a day after the death of the liberal stalwart.

The president’s desire “to move quickly” on the method despite Democrats’ vehement opposition, is expected to dominate the campaigns — alongside other hot-button subjects like the coronavirus and America’s ongoing racial reckoning — ahead of the November 3 presidential election.

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“I think it’s going to move quickly actually,” Trump said to reporters on Saturday, adding that he thought his choice would be made “next week.”

The 87-year-old Ginsburg, immensely favorite among Democrats, died Friday after a long battle with cancer, prompting an outpouring of national grief.

She was one of only three women on the nine-person bench, and Trump indicated Saturday he would aim for a female replacement, telling reporters his pick “most likely would be a woman.”

Ginsburg’s death, coming just weeks before the election, offers Republicans a chance to lock in a decades-long conservative majority on the court, where justices are appointed for life.

The stakes are high as the decision could affect such life-and-death issues as abortion, healthcare, gun control, and gay rights.

They are pushed even higher in a bitter election year when the justices can play a decisive role in legal wrangling over a contested the result — such as when they ruled in George W. Bush’s favor to end the 2000 election debacle.

Trump has already named two justices during his first term as president, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch, giving conservatives a 5-4 majority before Ginsburg’s death, though that does not guarantee rulings in Trump’s favor — there have been several recent examples of conservatives siding with their progressive colleagues to tilt the balance.

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