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Democrats are worried that Ruth Bader-Ginsburg’s spot on the Supreme Court is about to be filled by a conservative jurist like Amy Coney Barrett. Democrats are worried because they’re making wild threats to pack the courts, to impeach President Trump for exercising his constitutional responsibility of appointing judges and for having the audacity of standing up to the Democrats’ bullying tactics.

This article outlines the Democrats’ plan of attack to thwart President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell:

Democrats began discussing their options on Saturday, with senators all vowing a furious fight to keep the seat vacant until next year when a new Senate convenes and when Joe Biden may occupy the White House. And while no specific course of action was detailed, Democrats said they were united on this: They planned to engage in an all-out battle to stop the nomination in its tracks by pressuring four Republicans to break ranks.

Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have already said that they don’t want to vote before the election so the Democrats are halfways there. While they might pick off Romney, that’s pretty much the end of the line. Republican senators in tight races don’t dare cross President Trump. If they abandon President Trump, their political careers are finished. If senators like Thom Tillis, Joni Ernst and Martha McSally stick with President Trump, they’ll likely win reelection and Republicans will hold onto the Senate majority.

As President Trump moves to nominate a candidate to fill the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, there are a growing number of Democrats threatening to implement a radical strategy and pack the Supreme Court if they take control of the White House and the Senate.

“If he holds a vote in 2020, we pack the court in 2021,” Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., tweeted on Saturday. “It’s that simple.”

Kennedy isn’t the only Democrat who thinks that packing the court is the right thing to do:

“If Sen. McConnell and @SenateGOP were to force through a nominee during the lame-duck session — before a new Senate and President can take office — then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler wrote on Twitter.

“Filling the SCOTUS vacancy during a lame-duck session, after the American people have voted for new leadership, is undemocratic and a clear violation of the public trust in elected officials. Congress would have to act and expanding the court would be the right place to start,” the New York Democrat continued.

If the Democrats held the Senate majority in 2016, there’s no doubt about whether they would’ve confirmed President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Scalia. In fact, there’s no doubt that President Obama wouldn’t have nominated Merrick Garland. He would’ve picked someone far to the left of Garland.

Cancer finally took Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life. Chief Justice John Roberts issued a statement that read, in part, “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague.”

Just like Ted Kennedy was the Liberal Lion of the Senate, Ruth Bader-Ginsburg was the liberal lion of the Supreme Court. Opponent and ally alike heaped praise on the woman who got along famously with conservative icon Antonin Scalia. RBG and Scalia were polar opposites in most of their rulings, yet were frequently seen together at operas with their spouses. Now they’ll be linked by the fact that their unexpected deaths have started a ton of turmoil in an election year.

The court said Ginsburg, a lifelong champion of women’s rights and a fierce advocate for gender equality, died “surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.”

RBG’s death is certain to touch off a political firestorm in DC. In a year that’s already been event-filled X 10, it seems, it’s about to get cut-throat. The political debate is already shaping up. It’s sure to rock the political world from now to Election Day and beyond.

Minnesota U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement regarding the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Tonight, I join with all Minnesotans in praying for the family and friends of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She dedicated herself to public service on behalf of our country. Although there are many rulings in which I differed with Justice Ginsburg ideologically, she was a fierce jurist and an honorable public servant. Although she and the late Justice Antonin Scalia differed on judicial philosophy, they are famous for having a close personal friendship. That’s the kind of example we can all profit from in this age of fierce political divisiveness.”

President Trump was holding a rally in Bemidji, MN, when RBG passed away. He didn’t find out until after the rally. Here’s his reaction to the news:

Later, President Trump tweeted this statement:

I expect this weekend to be somewhat quiet while the Democrats do their opposition research into President Trump’s nominee and Republicans figure out a strategy for getting President Trump’s nominee confirmed. If you thought that the Kavanaugh confirmation was a s***storm, that’ll look quaint by the time this one is finished.