In paying tribute to the service and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former President Barack Obama also called on Senate Republicans to wait to fill the seat until after inauguration day.
“Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in,” Obama wrote.
“A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment.
“The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the fundamental workings of our democracy all depend on that basic principle. As votes are already being cast in this election, Republican Senators are now called to apply that standard,” Obama wrote.
Obama called Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87, an inspiration who “fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals.”
“But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored,” Obama wrote in a statement, an apparent reference to Ginsburg’s comments, reported by NPR, to her granddaughter that she did not wish to be replaced until a new president is installed