Q. How long is a presidential term in the US?
A. Three years, eight months.
If you accurately point out the term is four years, the Left will shout you down and threaten violence, as already done with their insistence that Donald Trump not fulfill his duty to appoint a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg while he is president.
For the record, let’s start out as Trump did when he was first apprised of her death: “She was an amazing woman who led an amazing life.” Let’s also extend our sympathy to her family. She did leave her historic mark upon American jurisprudence.
But she also shamelessly gamed the system—repeatedly displaying the political bias that Lady Justice wears a blindfold to surely avoid.
To start, her approach to supporting and defending the Constitution—as she mouthed in her oath swearing her into office—arguably did neither. She subscribed to the “Living Constitution” judicial philosophy, which may willfully disregard the Constitution’s original text, meaning, and context in favor of any given modern interpretation that may be imagined. Don’t like what the Constitution says? Pick a replacement of your choice for any political purpose!
Next, she did not shrink from inappropriately touting her political biases. It was President Clinton who appointed her, and in July 2016 she was quoted about her thoughts on the next president appointing Supreme Court Justices: “She is bound to have a few appointments in her term.” (Emphasis unbiasedly added.) At that same time, she also revealed her feelings about Trump very publicly to the New York Times: “I can’t imagine what this place would be—I can’t imagine what the country would be—with Donald Trump as our president. . . . For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be—I don’t even want to contemplate that.” The next day, she continued with CNN: “He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment.” Most quotably, she labeled him “a faker.”
She apologized a few days later, admitting the merited criticism of her: “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office.” Was she sincere? For Trump’s first State of the Union address, to help remove any doubt of her continued bias, she conspicuously scheduled a university speech instead of attending. At that venue she bemoaned—wait for it—the partisanship of Washington!
But here’s her real political trick: refusing to step down despite deadly accelerating health issues in order to deny Trump his Constitutional mandate to replace her with someone just as qualified to serve the American people. Ginsburg was treated for colon cancer in 1999, pancreatic cancer in 2009, and lung cancer in 2018. She had heart stent surgery in 2014. She had multiple falls resulting in broken ribs. In August 2019, she had pancreatic cancer a second time. In July 2020, after leaving the hospital for a gall bladder stent problem and infection, she announced cancer had appeared in her liver. Net, since Trump taking office in 2017, she had lung cancer in 2018, pancreatic cancer in 2019, and liver cancer in 2020, lately participating in court arguments from a hospital bed. When God ended her tenure at age 87, only three of 114 Supreme Court justices over four different centuries had ever served at an older age.
Curiously, in July she revealed she had first known of her second major cancer in just six months not in July, but in February. It was related that the original immunotherapy failed and was replaced by chemotherapy on May 19. Her announcement was not until July 17, when she said she was “full steam.” She died, out of steam, on September 18, just two months later. Understand how she played this: in February, when she knew her cancer had returned but kept it a secret, Trump had anywhere between 326-354 days left in his term—nearly a year. On May 19, when her harsher chemotherapy treatment with known debilitating side effects was commenced—and still kept secret—Trump had 246 days left in his term. On July 17, when after many months she revealed her cancer, Trump had 187 days left—over half a year. When she died, the days of his term were whittled down to 124.
Of course, the Left’s focus now is not just on her absolute honor, but on the dishonor of Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell carrying out their duty to replace her. It‘s just 40-some days until the election wails the Left! But that’s a red herring—like the “so what?” of claiming Hillary won the popular vote. The only real timeline is the end of Trump’s term, at this writing still four months away.
What did Ginsburg herself say about an election year Supreme Court nomination just in 2016, when the
shoe mask was on the other foot side of her face? “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being the president in his last year.” Presidents have a four-year term. As she noted, there is nothing in the Constitution for Trump to do but move ahead with a replacement, no matter how much the Democrats try to obscure the issue. Presidents conduct business right until their last day in office—just look to President Clinton’s and Obama’s last minute pardons as proof. Where was the outrage? How about another example? Try Obama’s team spying on the incoming Trump administration and changes in unmasking practices right into the last week.
Amazingly, after putting herself ahead of the 63 million voters and majority of electors giving Trump the power to make appointments to the Supreme Court during the final months of her life, Ginsburg also wanted her way even in death. These have been reported as her deathbed words: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Her wish puts her personal belief in perfect opposition to what the Constitution that she swore to support directs. Trump tried to give her some credit that she may not have made that incredibly partisan statement as her last wish for her family, America, and all humanity. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took that as an opportunity to charge that Trump thus disrespected her own words—that disrespect the Constitution. That is just the beginning of what to expect from hypocritical Democrat leadership as this process moves forward.
The last Supreme Court confirmation saw a fight in the Senate, with charges of gang rape tossed around. This time real fights in the street are expected, and the victims getting f-ed won’t be fake.
Thank the Left for calling for blood in the streets. RBG, this is your political legacy and wish come to life.