Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer once again evoked Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s reported “dying wish” Sunday to push a political message.
While delivering a brief announcement, Schumer argued, “to put someone on the court whose views are the exact opposite of Ruth Bader Ginsburg… at a time when she asked as her dying wish that we wait ’til the next election to choose somebody… is just appalling.”
Shortly after Ginsburg’s passing was announced, NPR reported that she told her granddaughter days earlier that her “most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson issued a scathing warning about the Supreme Court following the death of Ginsburg.
During a segment on his show, Carlson locked in on reports that Ginsburg’s final wish was to not be replaced until a new president was sworn into office, a sentiment he described as “pathetic” if true.
“Keep in mind, we don’t know actually what Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s final words were,” Carlson said. “Did she really leave this world fretting about a presidential election?”
“We don’t believe that for a second,” he continued. “If it were true, it would be pathetic because life is bigger than politics, even this year.”
“We wouldn’t wish final words like that on anyone,” Carlson added, “so we choose to believe that Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn’t actually say that, but [rather] in real life, she was thinking in the end about her family and where she might be going next. Human concerns, not partisan ones.”
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t get to pick her replacement from her deathbed,” Carlson retorted. “That’s not how it works. We have a Constitution we are supposed to be defending and that’s the whole point of the Constitution.
“If Justice [Antonin] Scalia had said something like that, no one would have cared. We would have been embarrassed for him,” the host went on. “On some level, Democrats know all this. All this talk about Ginsburg’s dying wish is ridiculous and insulting to all of us in our country and they will stop soon.
The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home last Friday in Washington surrounded by family.
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence, that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice.”