Divided States podcast: The fight for RBG’s Supreme Court seat

This week on Divided States, Emily Purser Brown and Cordelia Lynch reflect on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of gender equality who became a pop culture icon: the notorious RBG.

Her dying wish was that her seat on the Supreme Court not be filled until after this November’s election but Donald Trump and the Republican Party have made clear that, despite just 40 days to go until election day and early voting already underway in some states, they intend to appoint a new justice.

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Democrats have accused the Republicans of hypocrisy after they blocked Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, in 2016, when they said it was ‘too close to the election’ and ‘the people should decide.’ His nominee was made nine months before the 2016 election.

Emily and Cordy discuss what a new Trump-appointed justice would mean, tipping the court 6-3 in favour of the conservatives, for hundreds of millions of Americans whose healthcare and abortion rights, among other issues, are on the line.

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