Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies aged 87 – Donald Trump to appoint Supreme Court replacement

Ms Ginsburg was an iconic leader of women’s rights in America and became a prominent feminist figurehead. She died on Friday from metastatic pancreatic cancer in Washington DC surrounded by her family.


Ms Ginsburg was the oldest sitting justice on the US Supreme Court.

In a statement, Chief Justice John Roberts said: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature.

“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 tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Ms Ginsburg’s death will spark political tensions over who succeeds her as the US presidential elections approach.


The Supreme Court Justice often has the final say on highly controversial laws between the US federal government and states.

Since taking office President Trump has appointed two judges.

The current court is seen to mostly have a 5-4 conservative majority.

On Friday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said Mr Trump’s nomination for Ms Ginsburg’s replacement will receive a vote on the Senate floor.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that American’s should have their vote in the US election before the vacancy is filled.

He said: “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

President Trump reacted to the death of Supreme Court judge Ms Ginsburg.

Speaking to the US network C-SPAN, he said: “She just died? Wow. I didn’t know that… She led an amazing life.

“What else can you say? She was an amazing woman, whether you agree or not.

“She was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. I’m actually sad to hear that. I am sad to hear that.”

Just a few days before her death, Ms Ginsburg reportedly said in a statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera that she hoped her replacement would be chosen after the US presidential election.

She said: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”


Ms Ginsburg had received hospital treatment several times over the past few years.

But each time she returned to work hastily.

In July, Ms Ginsburg said her treatment for cancer was showing “positive results” and insisted that she would not retire.

In a statement, she said: “I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that.”

US Supreme Court justices can serve for life or until they decide to retire.

In 2016, President Barack Obama quickly appointed Merrick Garland as US Supreme Court justice following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

But at the time Mr McConnell said that any appointment by Mr Obama would be invalid and insisted the next justice should be chosen by the next president who was set to be elected later that year.


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