NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Republican lawmakers are displaying “rank hypocrisy” in looking to “ram a nominee” for the seat left vacant by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day 2020.
Three days after Ginsburg’s death, Murphy — a Democrat — called out U.S. Senate Republicans for preparing to nominate a replacement after they had “refused to offer even a hearing to a nominee” former President Barack Obama announced eight months prior to President Donald Trump being elected.
“'Let the people decide,' they screamed in 2016. But, today, they’re thumbing their noses at the people in the name of a narrow political ideology," Murphy said.
"For Republicans, this isn’t about the nation’s future," Murphy continued in a tweet concurrent to the Trenton briefing. "It’s a blatant power grab by those whose mission is to undo decades of civil rights progress, protect polluters over the environment, gut health care, and deny a woman the right to make her own reproductive decisions."
Trump indicated he would name an appointment to the Supreme Court at the end of the week - bolstered further by GOP leadership who had at that point stated they would vote on the nominee before the election outcome.
It comes despite Ginsburg herself dictating a statement to her granddaughter on the very subject, reported by NPR.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” it said.
Earlier this morning during an appearance on Fox & Friends, Trump said he would announce a female nominee Friday or Saturday, following services for Ginsburg at Arlington National Cemetery.
Trump called Ginsburg a “legend” who “represented something different than you or I.”
As far as her statement he said, “I don’t know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff or Pelosi?...I would be more inclined to the second, OK – you know, that came out of the wind. That sounds so beautiful, but that sounds like a Schumer deal, or maybe Pelosi or for Shifty Schiff. So that came out of the wind, let’s say. I mean, maybe she did, and maybe she didn’t.”
Murphy echoed statements made by other Democrats, pointing to Republicans’ not providing Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland a hearing in 2016 after former Justice Antonin Scalia died earlier in the year.
At the time, GOP lawmakers said the next president should decide who would take over for Scalia.