Longtime Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was remembered this week as a women’s rights champion.
Ginsburg, who spent 27 years on the court, died Sept. 18 at age 87 after a battle with cancer. On Friday, Ginsburg will lie in state at the Capitol, the first woman to do so and only the second Supreme Court justice after William Howard Taft. Taft had also been president. Rosa Parks, a private citizen not a government official, is the only woman who has lain in honor at the Capitol.
President Donald Trump was booed by spectators on Thursday as he and first lady Melania Trump paid respects to the late Ginsburg.
The jeers happened likely because the president is expected to announce his nominee to replace Ginsburg on Saturday. He has said he will select from a list of five women. Republicans are working to move quickly to a confirmation vote, possibly even before the Nov. 3 election. Some believe the president should wait until after the election to begin the replacement process.
Only Chief Justice Roger Taney, who died in October 1864, died closer to a presidential election. President Abraham Lincoln waited until December (after the election) to nominate his replacement, Salmon Chase, who was confirmed by the senate the same day.
When Justice Antonin Scalia, Ginsburg’s closest friend on the court, died unexpectedly in 2016, Republicans refused to act on President Barack Obama’s high-court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.
Both of Mississippi’s U.S. congress members agree with the republican president’s quick movement.
Sen. Roger Wicker and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, both Republicans, said they support the process to fill Ginsburg’s vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court this year.
“President Trump and senate republicans promised to confirm well-qualified, conservative judges and justices to the federal courts. We should continue to fulfill this promise and our constitutional duty for all vacancies as long as we are in office,” said Wicker. “I look forward to consideration of the President’s nominee by the full Senate.”
Hyde-Smith said it is the solemn duty of the president and senate fill the vacancy and such a process should not be delayed.
“I take this responsibility seriously, and I support the President’s intention to name a nominee as soon as possible,” she added. “I am confident he will continue his practice of nominating qualified, conservative jurists, who are committed to interpreting the law justly.”
Regarding Ginsburg, Hyde-Smith called her “one of the most respected and influential woman in our time.”