RBG’s Death and How It Will Impact American Politics

Lainee Kirk

American politics will be filled with questions this week following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On Friday, September 18, Ginsburg, also referred to as RBG, passed away in her home due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. Her death has had a substantial impact, especially on members of the Democratic party who looked up to her as a trailblazer and role model. RBG was appointed by Clinton in 1993 and was the second woman to become a Supreme Court Justice. She was known as a strong advocate for gender equality, workers’ rights, and separation of church and state.

Amongst the mourning, many are wondering what will happen without Ginsburg’s place in the Supreme Court. While possible to fill the seat by the election on November 3rd, officials would have to work at a high-speed pace to accomplish this.

The process of filling a Supreme Court Justice’s position begins with President Trump’s nomination. At a North Carolina rally on Saturday night, Trump announced he would be nominating a woman for the seat sometime this week. He told the crowd he did not know whom yet but promised the nominee would be “a very talented, very brilliant woman.”

After the nominee is declared, the Senate Judiciary Committee meets for hearing to either veto or confirm this nominee. If confirmed, the Senate then votes, and a majority of votes is needed for final confirmation.

While the government works to fill RBG’s seat, her memory will continue to be commemorated through this time of grieving. In the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she wanted to be remembered “just as someone who did whatever she could, with whatever limited talent she had, to move society along in the direction I would like it to be for my children and grandchildren.”


Information from WashingtonPost.com, NPR.org, MSN.com.