President Donald Trump hit back at Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Twitter Sunday after she became the second Republican senator to oppose a swift move to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
President Trump eyed a tweet earlier Sunday morning from the Alaska Chamber which promoted an event slated for next week featuring Murkowski. Donald Trump retweeted the post alongside the comment: No thanks!
Lisa Murkowski followed the lead of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who came out in opposition to filling the vacant Supreme Court seat before the Nov. 3 election just after Ginsburg’s passing.
In a statement, Lisa Murkowski said: for weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential nomination as the presidential election neared. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed.
She added: I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia.
Now, we are now even closer to the election 2020 less than two months out and I believe the same standard must apply, she said.
Lisa Murkowski and Collins have said replacing Ginsburg should be the decision of the election winner, Trump, or Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Lisa Murkowski’s comments come just after Ginsburg deemed a towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice passed away Friday from complications surrounding metastatic pancreatic cancer at 87 years old.
During her final years on the bench, Ginsburg was seen as the unquestioned leader of the court’s liberal wing.
President Trump called Ginsburg a titan of the law who inspired all Americans. After her passing, however, he began pushing the Republican-controlled Senate to consider the pick without delay.
Despite opposition from Democrats, Donald Trump says he is obligated to act as soon as possible and had at least two women in mind to fill the seat.
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