Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a judge of the U.S. Supreme Court and a fighter for women’s rights, has died.
Ginsburg died Friday at her home in Washington DC due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87 years old.
Ginsburg was the oldest judge and the second woman ever to serve as a judge in the U.S. Supreme Court – a position she held for 27 years.
Pres. Donald Trump, meanwhile, described Ginsburg as a “titan of rights”. “Her views, including well-known decisions regarding the legal equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans and generations of great legal thinkers,” the president said.
Ginsburg reportedly told her granddaughter Clara Spera before her death that her biggest wish was that her position would not be filled until the new US president was elected.
This election will take place on 3 November.
Democrat Joe Biden agrees. “Let me be clear: The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg,” Biden said.
However, Senate leader Mitch McConnell has already indicated that the Senate, currently under Republican control, will vote after Trump nominated someone to replace Ginsburg.