President Donald Trump’s supporters started chanting “fill that seat” during his rally in North Carolina on Saturday, roughly a day after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, leaving a vacant court seat.
“You may agree, you may not disagree with her, but she was an inspiration to a tremendous amount of people; I say all Americans,” Trump said opening the rally, noting Ginsburg’s close relationship with late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
McConnell and Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the Senate, meaning four Republicans must break ranks to prevent Trump’s nominee from going through. If only three break ranks, the 50-50 tie would be decided by Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump and Senate GOP leaders indicated they are eager to fill the seat, a reversal from 2016 when the Senate GOP blocked then-President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland arguing at the time that Supreme Court vacancies should not be filled in election years.
Some moderate Republicans, such as Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), were less eager to weigh in. Collins indicated Saturday that she does not support a Senate vote this year, which Trump pointed out during the rally.
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Sources: The Hill and Daily Caller; Photo: Daily Caller