Hillary Clinton: Trump exercising 'partisan power' instead of honoring Ginsburg's wishes

 Hillary Clinton: Trump exercising 'partisan power' instead of honoring Ginsburg's wishes
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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton offers congratulations over Elliot Page announcement Biden brushes off criticism of budget nominee Mellman: Mired in Partisanship MORE said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE is using “partisan power” in seeking to quickly fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgCuomo likens COVID-19 to the Grinch: 'The season of viral transmission' For Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court upholds religious liberty Cardinal Dolan hails Supreme Court decision on churches, COVID-19 MORE instead of honoring her wishes. 

NPR reported shortly after the news of Ginsburg's death on Friday that her dying wish was that she not be replaced until a new president was in office. 

“Justice Ginsburg has such a reverence for the court, and the law, and our Constitution, that when she dictated that statement to her granddaughter she was not speaking personally and certainly not as a partisan,” Clinton told Bloomberg Wednesday.


“She was offering her measured opinion that it would be in the interest of our country and most certainly in the interest of the court so close to an election to allow the election to go forward and then whoever was elected would be able to choose the next justice.”

Trump and GOP leaders are moving quickly on filling Ginsburg’s vacancy on the conservative-majority court, marking a reversal from their stance in 2016, when they refused to move then-President Obama's final Supreme Court nominee, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandThe five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight McConnell pushed Trump to nominate Barrett on the night of Ginsburg's death: report MORE.

"Now we are left with what will be a very unfortunate display of partisan power to push through whoever the president nominates,” said. “And what I hope the American people will pay attention to is what's at stake."