U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said this week that she and her colleagues will soon seek someone to replace the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — as they are supposed to, regardless.
Blackburn also said that she wants a person with constitutionalist views.
Blackburn said this while she appeared on FOX News.
“The Senate is going to do its job. Those of us at the Judiciary Committee will do our due diligence. We will prepare properly for the hearing,” Blackburn told host Steve Hilton.
“I look forward to voting for a constitutionalist to go onto the Supreme Court.”
But, as Blackburn warned, Democrats will insist on delaying the matter.
“The [Democratic Party is] fighting this [and] wants to delay. They’re having a good old fashioned come apart, if you will. Steve, they are the ones that want to pack the Supreme Court,” Blackburn said.
“They want to fundamentally change it.”
Blackburn described U.S. President Donald Trump’s potential nominee Amy Coney Barrett as “a tremendous story” and Barbara Lagoa as potentially “the first Cuban American to serve on the Supreme Court.”
As reported this week, Blackburn praised Ginsburg as someone who didn’t have an easy path.
“Women have a much more circuitous route in their careers than men, and certainly we see that in Justice Ginsburg’s career,” Blackburn said.
“Women who have had to fight to make their way really appreciate the opportunity…to do a job that they truly love, and she loved this.”
Blackburn also said that Ginsburg relied on an inner strength. She said she appreciated how Ginsburg fought back against cancer. She also said she appreciated how Ginsburg refused to cave to pressure from the political left and allow someone else to take her seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Blackburn serves on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already said that Trump’s nominee to replace Ginsburg will get a vote on the U.S. Senate floor.
Blackburn told Bream that a confirmation process for a replacement U.S. Supreme Court justice can take upwards of 60 days.
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