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Hey Teen Resisters!
First, we are going to acknowledge the obvious: this week has been absolutely freaking insane. From the appalling yet on-brand revelation that Trump only paid $750 in income taxes in 2017 to a chaotic mess of a debate night to POTUS, FLOTUS, and Senate COVID-19 diagnoses (among others), headlines that might have stuck in the news for weeks have been replaced by another in hours. All with the election(!!!!) coming up in a month.
That said, it's vital that we take a moment to honor the passing of someone who was a superhero and role model to many of us: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, AKA the Notorious RBG. We ask that all of you take a moment to think about how different our lives and world would have been without her nation-shaping strength.
Peace & power,
what went down
After being appointed by Bill Clinton to the Supreme Court in 1993, she served a total of 27 years on the bench, making her the second woman and the first Jewish woman to sit on the highest court in the land. Although she has been criticized by liberals for her positions on a few issues—indigenous rights, for example—her decisions placed her, on the whole, at the Court’s far left. Especially towards the end of her tenure, her searing dissents (see Burwell v. Hobby Lobby) reinforced her position as a feminist rockstar.
RBG’s dying wish was that no one be appointed to fill her vacancy until a new president was installed. In blatant disrespect of her legacy, President Trump and Senate Republicans pledged just hours after her death to move forward in filling the seat.
GOP Republicans’ decision is especially heinous given how they acted after Justice Scalia’s death in February 2016. After Obama nominated a replacement in March 2016, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell refused to even hold a vote, allowing Trump to fill the vacancy with a conservative justice in 2017 instead. Obama wasn’t given the opportunity to fill the empty seat in March 2016 because it was “too close” to the election, yet it’s not too close for Trump to do it in September 2020? The hypocrisy painfully evident in this reasoning has done little to dissuade Senate Republicans from pushing forward regardless. (A note: 3 Senate Republicans, in addition to President Trump and FLOTUS Melania Trump, have recently been diagnosed with the coronavirus. This disruption could potentially slow or stall the confirmation process.)
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HONOR RBG'S LEGACY?
And, finally, in lieu of our puppy video, something to make you smile.
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