Kamala Harris Agrees with Justice Ginsburg's Wish Not to Be Replaced 'Until a New President is Installed'

Senator Kamala Harris has said she wants to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's wish that her successor should be chosen by the next president. Ginsburg made the remark days before she passed away.

Harris, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, posted a statement on Twitter mourning Ginsburg's death and committing that her seat on the U.S. Supreme Court should not be filled until a new president is in office.

"Tonight we mourn, we honor, and we pray for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her family. But we also recommit to fight for her legacy," Harris wrote on Friday night.

"In some of her final moments with her family, she shared her fervent wish to 'not be replaced until a new President is installed.' We will honor that wish," Harris said.

Her running mate, former Vice President Joe Biden, made the same remarks following Ginsburg's death. He said the presidential election should take place first.

Ginsburg's final statement was reportedly made to her granddaughter Clara Spera on her deathbed just days before she passed away.

"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," Ginsburg said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said a Supreme Court nominee will get a vote. This is despite the fact he refused to allow a vote for Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama's nominee in 2016, citing the election.

McConnell argued on Friday that the Republican-controlled Senate could confirm a Republican president's nominee without facing charges of hypocrisy.

"Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president's Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year," McConnell said.

"By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise. President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has also indicated he will resist attempts to seat a new justice. In a tweet, he used McConnell's own words from 2016 when he was opposing Garland.

"The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president," Schumer wrote.

It's not clear if McConnell has the votes to push through a confirmation despite his majority. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has already indicated she will not vote to fill Ginsburg's seat before the election.

Senator Kamala Harris at the Kavanaugh Hearings
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, listens to Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C, September 27, 2018. SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP/Getty Images