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Confirm Another Justice Now

The future of the Supreme Court was thrown into question last Friday evening when the news broke that associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had passed away. Democrats immediately fell into a panic. Some even threatened riots if President Trump nominates a justice before the election. Prominent Democrat leaders are now arguing that Senate Republicans should not confirm anyone to the Supreme Court until after the election, as Republicans did in 2016. Already, several Republicans have signaled agreement with Democrats about postponing the confirmation.

A failure for Republicans to seize this opportunity would be one of the worst defeats for the pro-life movement since Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. Trump should nominate someone immediately. The Senate should move swiftly to confirm him or her. Now more than ever, we need a strong conservative Supreme Court, and Republicans were elected to deliver that.

In 2016, after President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Senate Republicans would wait until after the election before confirming a nominee. In 2014, the people gave Senate Republicans a majority to check the last two years of the Obama administration. When Obama nominated Judge Garland to the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans said no. They would not confirm a nominee until after the election. Today, Republicans still have a majority in the Senate, a majority that grew in the last midterm. The people elected Republicans because they promised to confirm originalists to the Supreme Court. Anything less would be a betrayal to their voters. McConnell is not breaking precedent. He had a majority in 2016, and he has a