Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies, 'Schitt's Creek' sweeps the Emmys and more weekend happenings
Legal and feminist icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying it was due to complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.
"Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tireless and resolute champion of justice."
Ginsburg’s death, arriving less than two months before the presidential election, immediately raised the already high political stakes, with President Donald Trump pledging to nominate a candidate to Ginsburg’s seat by week’s end —we’ve made our guesses on his nominees in the past— and Democratic candidate Joe Biden saying that a vote on a nominee should not be held until after the November election.
Democratic officials, along with liberal-leaning social media folks, spent the weekend pointing out Republican hypocrisy on the issue, linking to various video clips and statements made by the Republican lawmakers who stonewalled a 2016 vote on the Barack Obama-nominated Merrick Garland, citing the need to let voters have a say in the process.
"During a very partisan year and a presidential election year, that both for the sake of the court and the integrity of the court and the legitimacy of the candidate, it’s better to have this occur after we’re passed this presidential election,” Ohio senator Rob Portman said in 2016.
Of course, what Portman really meant is that he wouldn’t seat a Democrat-nominated justice to the Supreme Court in an election year. Because now, with a Republican in charge, he’s singing an entirely different tune, releasing a statement that he would back a vote on Trump’s nominee. Shocking, right?
In silver linings, at least Portman addressed the issue rather than telling reporters he had to run because his lunch was calling.
The Columbus Crew continued its 2020 dominance with a 2-0 home win over Nashville SC on Saturday, which featured a nifty goal from Gyasi Zardes.
“We have a very clear identity of how we play, but within that identity we look at the opponent and we can add some wrinkles and some tweaks to what we do based on what we feel is the best thing for that game,” coach Caleb Porter said. “That makes us a very, I think, difficult team to game plan for.”
The 2020 Emmy Awards took place virtually on Sunday, with comedy “Schitt’s Creek” making Emmy history by sweeping all seven of the comedic categories and winning nine awards overall. The evening’s other big winners included the HBO series “The Watchmen” (Regina King!) and “Succession.” See a full list of winners here.