Former Bush Aide Ripped for His Tone Deaf Response to RBG's Dying Wish That the Next President Pick Her Replacement
A year marked by a pandemic, an economic crisis, and massive uprisings against racist police brutality grew even more calamitous with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a decades long fighter for gender equality and voting rights.
With Ginsburg's death occurring only 46 days before the November presidential election, Republicans are scrambling to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice before January 2021, when Democratic nominee Joe Biden may be taking the inaugural oath.
In a statement delivered by her granddaughter, Ginsburg offered her final wish:
"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
In a reversal of their early 2016 position in the wake of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia's death, Republicans say that it's not by any means too close to the election. Trump baselessly claimed that Ginsburg's final words were actually "written out" by Democratic lawmakers like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
And former White House Press Secretary under George W. Bush, Ari Fleischer, dismissed the wish in one of the more ironic takes in recent memory.
Sorry. Under the Constitution, a Supreme Court justice doesn't get to pick the next president. A president gets to pick the next Supreme Court justice. https://t.co/3iUHRWBOYv
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) September 20, 2020
Fleischer said that "a Supreme Court justice doesn't get to pick the next president," while apparently forgetting how he came to work at the White House in the first place.
The 2000 election was historic in its uncertainty. The crucial swing state of Florida saw Republican nominee George W. Bush ahead by a razor thin margin of around 300 votes, low enough to trigger a machine recount. Democratic nominee Al Gore pushed for a hand recount of 70,000 ballots—a legal push he won in the Florida Supreme Court.
But when the case reached the United States Supreme Court, the mandatory recount was ruled unconstitutional, effectively resulting in the Court upholding Bush's lead in Florida, awarding him the Presidency, and changing the course of American history forever.
People didn't hesitate to remind Fleischer that a Supreme Court ruling resulted in his boss getting the presidency.
your old boss was installed by Supreme Court justices https://t.co/slxLNvE9l5
— shauna (@goldengateblond) September 20, 2020
Buddy, the Supreme Court picked the president you worked for. https://t.co/CxpgxThtjA
— Caryn Lenhoff (@carynlenhoff) September 20, 2020
1) then why isn't Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court?
2) your old boss, the 43rd president, was picked by 5 Supreme Court justices, actually. https://t.co/Mr6H3Sd6bb
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) September 20, 2020
the entire and only reason you are famous and rich is because you worked for a president who was literally picked by Supreme Court justices https://t.co/qPdWBlqNNa
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) September 20, 2020
Ari Fleischer everbody, a man who made his career by working for a President picked by the Supreme Court. https://t.co/woPbJzuEgA
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) September 20, 2020
You worked for George W. Bush. His presidency was selected by the Supreme Court. https://t.co/m9RVVf73Zq
— Esha (@eshaLegal) September 20, 2020
The irony, for some, was far too much.
the irony of this coming from a George W. Bush administration official lol https://t.co/EQh5uZzzTP
— K. (@kai_incognito) September 20, 2020
Irony like a freight train doing 85 in the hot Florida sun https://t.co/Qv4A35jGio
— Rich Bellis (@mr_bellis) September 20, 2020
President Donald Trump says he intends to announce his pick for Ginsburg's replacement as early as this week.