Despite what that Facebook post says, the truth is that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not nominated or confirmed within 43 days of an election

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28-Sep-2020 4:35 PM EDT, by Newswise

Fact Check By: Craig Jones, Newswise

Truthfulness: False

Claim:

“Irony Are You Aware Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was Nominated And Confirmed With In 43 Days Of An Election? #FillTheSeat”

Claim Publisher and Date: Facebook and other viral social media posts on 2020-09-21

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated by president Bill Clinton on June 14, 1993 and confirmed by the Senate 50 days later, on August 3, 1993. 1993 was not a Federal election year. 

As reported by Claire Savage at AFP USA...

Irony Are You Aware Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was Nominated And Confirmed With In 43 Days Of An Election? #FillTheSeat” reads a September 21, 2020 Facebook post.

The post does not mention which type of election it refers to, but it comes during a political maelstrom over the late Ginsburg’s successor:  President Donald Trump wants a new justice confirmed before the November 3 presidential election, while Democrats -- seeking to unseat Trump -- want to wait until afterwards.

Screenshot of a Facebook post with a false claim taken on September 25, 2020

More examples of the claim are available on Facebook here, here and here.

Ginsburg, popularly known as RBG, died on September 18, 2020 after 27 years on the nation’s highest court. She was nominated by president Bill Clinton on June 14, 1993 and confirmed by the Senate 50 days later, on August 3, 1993.

Neither a midterm nor presidential election took place that year; elections for federal office take place in even-numbered years

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