Democrats now playing ‘Telephone’ with Ginsburg’s ‘dying wish’

Democrats now playing ‘Telephone’ with Ginsburg’s ‘dying wish’
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Joe Biden

As has been noted, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s supposed “final wish” in re her successor has never been substantiated. The only “evidence” that she even made such a request is a thirdhand report by NPR that claims:

Just days before her death, as her strength waned, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

It’s bad enough that Democrats immediately accepted this rumor as gospel. But since it first appeared in print, they have been playing “Telephone” with it. “Telephone,” you may recall  is the children’s game in which players arrange themselves in a line or circle. Each player whispers the same message into the ear of his neighbor until everyone has heard the message. Usually the message will have changed substantially from its original form.

In the case of Ginsburg’s “wish,” the message has been rebuilt numerous times. It finally reached the ears of Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who on Sunday recited it in this form: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

To believe that Ginsburg would have made such an outlandish demand is to insult her memory. Surely, the veteran justice was well aware that the incumbent, Donald Trump, might win re-election in 2020, meaning that a “new president” wouldn’t be installed until 2024. Are we to believe that her wish was to leave the high court shorthanded for four long years in order to deny Trump his right under the Constitution to select another justice to fill the vacancy?

LU Staff

LU Staff

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