According to her family, days before she died, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new President is installed.” Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter, Clara Spera. Spera, Ginsburg's granddaughter, a lawyer and fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union, told POLITICO that her grandmother made the remark shortly before her death Friday evening. NPR's Nina Totenberg also said Monday that she confirmed the dying wish with Ginsburg’s doctor. She has stated that others were present when Ginsburg stated this request, including her doctor. “I checked,” Ms. Totenberg added in an interview on MSNBC, “because I’m a reporter.”*
Despite the origins of this quote, Trump cast aspersions on this remark, baselessly claiming that it could have been written by a Democrat.
Just days before her death, as her strength waned, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
She knew what was to come. Ginsburg’s death will have profound consequences for the court and the country. Inside the court, not only is the leader of the liberal wing gone, but with the court about to open a new term, the chief justice no longer holds the controlling vote in closely contested cases.