By: SOPHIA PACHECO
On September 18, 2020, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of pancreatic cancer. She stood for Democratic values in the Supreme Court, for keeping the peace and taking a stand against Donald Trump’s Republican justice-packing. Her death was truly a tragedy for many Democrats, but it makes one wonder if other, more desperate characters will see it as an opportunity to swing the Supreme Court further to the right. So what will become of the justice department after Ginsberg’s death?
According to NPR.org, “Her death will inevitably set in motion what promises to be a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, and it thrusts the Supreme Court vacancy into the spotlight of the presidential campaign.” ( Nina Totenburg, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87) Because of this political trauma, the Supreme Court will be in a long conflict over which party will put in their nominee first, and assuming Trump will be aggressive enough to name his pick, urging the Republican-run Senate “to consider “without delay” his upcoming nomination,” (abc11.com, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg death: What’s next for the Supreme Court? McConnell says Senate will vote on replacement) and how quickly the Supreme Court and Houses of Congress are to decide on the matter, the opening at the Supreme Court is expected to be filled very soon, most likely right before or after the election.
And what does this mean for the Democrats in California? Congress recommends that people should stay calm in this event because of the fact that nothing has been decided upon yet. As nothing has been set in stone, we can hope and pray that a good decision will be made to veto the President’s nominee until after the election is over and a new president can take his place.