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Ruth Bader Ginsburg was formally nominated and confirmed as a Supreme Court justice in about 42 days in 1993.
The presidential election took place the year before, in 1992.
The recent death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves a critical vacancy on the country’s highest court.
With the Nov. 3 presidential election so close, Democrats are insisting that the next justice be nominated by the victorious candidate. Many Republicans, on the other hand, say President Donald Trump should pick Ginsburg’s successor immediately. The debate is a replay of a fight that took place in 2016, when a seat came vacant during President Barack Obama’s last year in office.
Invoking another period in history, a Facebook post claims that Ginsburg herself was nominated and confirmed to the court a little over a month before an election.
"Fun Fact," the post says. "RBG was nominated and confirmed 43 days before an election."
This is inaccurate.
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
It took 42 days for Ginsburg to be confirmed once her nomination was submitted to the Senate. But those were not the 42 (or 43) days "before an election." Ginsburg’s nomination and confirmation happened the year after the national election.
The process began about eight months after President Bill Clinton won his first presidential election.
Clinton announced Ginsburg as his Supreme Court nominee on June 15, 1993, to fill the seat vacated by retiring Justice Byron White. The Senate received the nomination on June 22, and on Aug. 3, 1993 confirmed Ginsburg as an associate justice on the court with a vote of 96-3. That was 42 days after the Senate received the nomination.
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Facebook post, Sept. 19, 2020
SupremeCourt.gov, press release, Sept. 18, 2020
Senate.gov, Senate Roll Call vote for Ruth Bader Ginsburg nomination, Aug. 3, 1993
Reuters, How Trump could replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Supreme Court, even before election, Sept. 18, 2020
CNN, Here's how long it's taken to confirm past Supreme Court justices, Sept. 19, 2020
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