Rasmussen: Majority of GOP voters want quick SCOTUS nomination


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The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is flanked by Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor (left) and Elena Kagan (right).

An overwhelming majority of Republican voters want President Donald Trump to move quickly to replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice Ginsburg passed away last Friday following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. But instead of allowing Ginsburg to “rest in peace,” her passing has ignited a war of words that, according to Fox News, “is shaping up to be one of the nastiest in recent American political history.”

Rasmussen Reports says a whopping 83 percent of likely Republican voters want the president to nominate a Ginsburg successor. He has promised to do that by Friday or Saturday at the latest, according to published reports.

But 84 percent of likely Democrat voters want the nomination to be held off until after the election, and if Trump loses to Joe Biden, it would then fall to the new president to make a nomination.

Nothing so dramatically underscores the effort now among activists on both sides to get out the vote in November. Conservatives, and especially the nation’s gun owners, are energizing to keep the White House for Trump and protect the slim Republican majority in the U.S. Senate. On the other side, the push is on to capture the Senate and the Oval Office. The next seven weeks could be the ugliest politically in memory.

Overall, 45 percent of likely voters think Trump should nominate someone, while 51 percent think the position should be left open for the November winner.

Still, that may not prevent trouble, especially if Trump wins the election.

Rasmussen noted, “Democrats hope to oust Trump this November, and some have even gone so far as to suggest violence against the U.S. Senate if it moves on a Supreme Court nomination before next year.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even hinted at a possible second impeachment effort to roadblock the president should he try to fill the vacancy.

Writing at Fox News, contributor Liz Peek, who writes for The Hill and contributes to the New York Sun, offered four reasons why Trump and Senate Republicans need to move fast.

“First,” she writes, “the upcoming election will likely be close, and could well be contested. The Supreme Court may ultimately determine the outcome, and the GOP needs to seat an additional (conservative) justice to guarantee the court is not deadlocked in the event of a dispute.

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“Second,” she continues, “the fight over filling (Ginsburg’s) seat will energize Democrat voters, which Joe Biden’s campaign has failed to do. Republicans need to counter this surge of enthusiasm by showing their commitment to conservatives who have historically ranked Supreme Court appointments one of their top priorities.”

She also said progressives taking control of the Democrat Party could be stopped by “a court dedicated to upholding our Constitution

And finally, she says, “It’s payback time. Democrats’ heinous and unforgivable attacks on Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh can best be answered by confirming another conservative jurist.”

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