Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Friday, shortly after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that he would move forward with a vote on whoever President Donald Trump nominates to replace her.
The controversial move, which flies in the face of his refusal to allow a hearing on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016, comes just 46 days before the presidential election.
Ginsburg, who served as a Supreme Court justice for 27 years, dictated a statement days before her death: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
McConnell said in a statement:
In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death