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Politics Fact check: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed in 42 days. But it wasn't an election year.

04:15  24 september  2020
04:15  24 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Ginsburg ’s Supreme Court confirmation took 42 days in 1993, the year after the 1992 presidential election . Fact Check : Ginsberg died Sept. The viral post making the claim circulated widely after Ginsburg ’s death, saying, “Fun fact : RBG was nominated and confirmed 43 days before an election .”

US judge and feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg is lying in repose at the top court where she Image caption Justice Ginsburg was appointed in 1993. " Ruth wanted to be an opera virtuoso but became a In recent years , the Supreme Court has ruled on key issues including marriage equality

The claim: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated and confirmed 43 days before an election

Jane Ginsburg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg posing for the camera: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with her family at the Supreme Court in 1993. From left: son-in-law George Spera, daughter Jane Ginsburg, husband Martin, son James Ginsburg. In front are grandchildren Clara and Paul Spera. © Doug Mills/AP Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with her family at the Supreme Court in 1993. From left: son-in-law George Spera, daughter Jane Ginsburg, husband Martin, son James Ginsburg. In front are grandchildren Clara and Paul Spera.

After the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, Republicans appear poised to launch into a race to nominate and confirm her successor.

Hundreds mourn Ruth Bader Ginsburg in vigil outside Supreme Court

  Hundreds mourn Ruth Bader Ginsburg in vigil outside Supreme Court "It is amazing to see how many people are feeling this loss tonight and saying goodbye," said Jennifer Berger.Spontaneously, hundreds of people of all ages and races gathered on the steps of the historic Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. late Friday night. Wearing face-masks to protect them from the coronavirus, many wept silently about the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Facts First: This is a baseless conspiracy theory. There is no evidence at all for Trump's claim that Democratic politicians wrote the statement. Even for you. No, I didn' t write Ruth Bader Ginsburg 's dying wish to a nation she served so well, and spent her whole life making a more perfect union.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was devoted to opera. On Wednesday, from the top of the steps of the supreme court in Washington, the beloved late justice gave her final aria. Ginsburg ’s casket, draped in the stars and stripes, reflected bright autumnal sunshine as a river of mourners flowed beneath the court, which

But the timing of her death – just 46 days before Election Day on Nov. 3 – has led Democrats to question if there is enough time to complete the process, and whether the choice should be left to the next president.

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Posts on Facebook attempted to draw an equivalency between the quick confirmation process for the late justice herself and the apparent GOP timetable for confirming her successor.

"Fun fact: RBG was nominated and confirmed 43 days before an election," one post reads.

The user behind the post did not respond to a request from USA TODAY for comment.

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Ginsburg was confirmed in less than two months. But there was no election in 1993.

From start to finish, it took less than two months for Ginsburg to make her way onto the Supreme Court.

President Bill Clinton nominated her to the court on June 14,1993. The Senate received the nomination on June 22 and voted to confirm her just 42 days later, on August 3. Ginsburg took her seat on the high court the next week, on August 10.

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Justice Ginsburg will be honored at the Supreme Court and the Capitol for three days . Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lying in repose at the top of the Supreme Court steps on Family, friends and members of the court remembered Justice Ginsburg during an intimate ceremony inside the Great Hall.

Mr Trump wants to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg , a liberal stalwart who died on Friday aged 87 Mr Obama had nominated Merrick Garland in February of that year - months before the election - but Mr McConnell argued that Supreme Court justices should not be approved in an If the nominee is not confirmed by 20 January, Inauguration Day , they would have to be She was approved in 42 days .

But none of the process occurred in the lead-up to an election, as the post claims.

In fact, Clinton hadn't even been president for six months when he nominated Ginsburg to the court. (He was elected in November 1992 and inaugurated in January 1993.)

President Donald Trump has said he will announce his nominee to replace Ginsburg on Saturday. Between that date, Sept. 26, and the election, on Nov. 3, there are just 38 days.

Our rating: False

Based on our research, the claim that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated and confirmed 43 days before an election is FALSE. Though it took just 42 days from the time the Senate received her nomination until her confirmation vote, it was not an election year. President Bill Clinton was elected in 1992, and Ginsburg was nominated in 1993.

Our fact-check sources:

  • CNN, Sept. 19, Here's how long it's taken to confirm past Supreme Court justices
  • The Supreme Court Historical Society, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1993-2020
  • The Washington Post, Sept. 19, Is it too close to the election to confirm a Supreme Court nominee?
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 20, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Second woman on Supreme Court had been nation's leading litigator for women's rights
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 22, President Donald Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on Saturday

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Facts First. Election 101. Washington (CNN) The US Senate failed to agree on language for a resolution honoring the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg , a sign of how divided "Republicans came to us with this resolution, but it ignored Justice Ginsburg 's dying wish, what she called her most

When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns for the final time to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, an army of more than a hundred of her former clerks will meet the casket and accompany it up the stone steps leading to the great hall where the liberal icon presided for almost 30 years .

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