By Jessica Corbett, staff writer at CommonDreams. Originally published at CommonDreams
“With less than 50 days until the election and voting already underway in many states, it’s important that we demand all senators pledge not to move forward with any nominee until after the next inauguration.”
That’s according to a new petition from MoveOn.org, now signed by over 780,000 people, urging the GOP-controlled Senate to honor the dying wish of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and allow the victor of this year’s presidential contest to choose her replacement.
As early voting was getting underway in some states for this year’s general election—in which President Donald Trump is facing off against Democratic nominee Joe Biden—the liberal justice died Friday night at the age of 87, sparking an intense battle over what to do about her empty seat.
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) September 19, 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) swiftly made clear that Trump’s third nominee to the court would get a vote in the upper chamber—eliciting charges of hypocrisy from Democratic lawmakers, advocacy group leaders, and others opposed to a pre-election appointment. They all pointed to McConnell’s infamous decision to block outgoing President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016.
“It would be a truly inexcusable act of hypocrisy and injustice for Trump and Senate Republicans to move any nomination forward,” declares the MoveOn.org petition, reiterating that ballots are already being cast. Biden, in a Sunday speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, urged