House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to take another impeachment inquiry off the table in order to block President Donald Trump’s upcoming nominee to the Supreme Court.
Pelosi spoke with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as President Trump’s desire to quickly replace her with his own nominee.
Pelosi said, “Well, we have our options,” Pelosi said. “We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country.
“Our main goal would be to protect the integrity of the election as we protect the people from the coronavirus.”
Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
Ginsburg, 87, who died on September 18, served 27 years on the nation’s highest court, arguably becoming its most prominent member. Her death was due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
She was born on March 15, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York.
At Harvard, Ginsburg tackled the challenges of motherhood and of a male-dominated school where she was one of nine females in a 500-person class.
She served as the first female member of the Harvard Law Review. She faced gender-based discrimination from even the highest authorities there, who chastised her for taking a man’s spot at Harvard Law, according to History.com.
Ginsburg had one more year of law school left, so she transferred to Columbia Law School and served on their law review as well. Bader graduated from Cornell University in 1954, finishing first in her class. She graduated first in her class at Columbia Law in 1959.
Named to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, she continued to argue for gender equality in such cases as United States v. Virginia.
Why Would Ginsburg’s Death Be So Important?
Ginsburg, who normally was the leading liberal judge, was extremely well aware of her status serving on the nation’s highest court. According to NPR, she dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Ginsburg’s death theoretically gives Republicans the chance to tighten their grip on the court with another appointment by President Trump so conservatives would have 6-3 majority.
When speaking about healthcare and the coronavirus, Pelosi thinks the President Trump’s push to choose a Supreme Court Nominee so quickly is based on a purely political motive.
Pelosi said, “So the president is rushing to make some kind of a decision (on his nominee) because he — Nov. 10th is when the arguments begin on the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi said. “He doesn’t want to crush the virus. He wants to crush the Affordable Care Act.”