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Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Senate Democrats seek to alleviate public concern about some results not being available on election night Georgia senator mocks Harris's name before Trump rally: 'Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know' MORE (I-Vt.) slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi gives White House 48-hour deadline for coronavirus stimulus deal MORE (R-Ky.) late Friday night after the announcement that Republicans will move to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left after the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgFauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Biden owes us an answer on court-packing MORE

Sanders argued that a quick vote in the Senate on a new justice would defy Ginsburg's “dying wishes.” 

“Unfortunately, Sen. McConnell has decided to go against Justice Ginsburg's dying wishes and is cementing a shameful legacy of brazen hypocrisy,” Sanders said in a tweet

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Ginsburg, days before her death said in a statement  that her “most fervent wish” was that she wouldn’t be replaced “until a new president is installed.”

“The right thing to do here is clear, and Senate Republicans know it,” the former presidential candidate continued. “We should let voters decide. Period.”

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The criticism against McConnell came after the Republican leader said in a statement released hours after Ginsburg’s death was announced that "President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.” 

"Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise," McConnell said in the statement shared on Twitter. 

The Supreme Court announced Friday night that Ginsburg, who served on the high court for more than 27 years, died at the age of 87 due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. 

Sanders’ remarks echoed an earlier tweet from Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOcasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts The 2016 and 2020 Senate votes are about the same thing: constitutionalist judges Pelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking MORE (D-N.Y.), who said that “this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

McConnell released a statement in 2016 similar to that of Schumer after the death of the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

Republicans in 2016 blocked former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJacobin Editor-at-Large: Valerie Jarrett's support for Citigroup executive's mayoral campaign 'microcosm' of Democrats' relationship with Wall Street Obama to stump for Biden in Philadelphia On India, the US must think bigger MORE’s Supreme Court pick Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Biden keeps both sides guessing on court packing Biden town hall questioner worked as speechwriter in Obama administration: report MORE from receiving a confirmation hearing, arguing at the time that a Supreme Court vacancy should not be filled during a presidential election year.