Senator Susan Collins is wrong.
The longtime Republican Senator from Maine is on record saying she believes Republicans should wait until after the 2020 elections to vote on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement – arguing that whoever wins in November should nominate the next justice.
“In order for the American people to have faith in the elected officials,” she said in a written statement, “We must act fairly and consistently — no matter which political party is in power.”
“Given the proximity of the presidential election, however, I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election,” continued Collins statement. “The decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected on November 3rd.”
My statement on the Supreme Court vacancy: pic.twitter.com/jvYyDN5gG4— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) September 19, 2020
I’m sorry but, that’s just not how it works. The President was elected by the people, as were the Senators, as were members of Congress, to ensure the stability of the government and that INCLUDES the stability of the court.
There is a vacancy and it must be filled. Simple. We have plenty of time and, though the Dems may not like it, the President has a duty to the American people to ensure a nominee is presented for the court.
He has promised a woman and both Barbara Lagoa of Florida, and Amy Coney Barrett of Illinois are at the top of his list.
The American people elected a conservative Senate and sent Donald Trump to the White House. Why would these elected officials shun their duty at such a critical time?
The President tweeted to the GOP that, “We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court justices. We have this obligation, without delay!”
.@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
Putting a strict constitutionalist on the Court is something the country needs, especially at a time when there is such a willingness to stray from the foundation of roots of the country’s past success. Our system has worked pretty well for well over 200 years… let’s make sure it lasts another 200 plus.