after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the tribute and the fears of Americans before the Supreme Court

A child lays a flower in the United States Supreme Court in Washington, in honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on September 19.

From time to time, a few voices sing a vibrant “RBG! RBG! “ in tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, judge of the American Supreme Court, who died the day before at 87 years old. Then silence falls, solemn and collected. On Saturday, September 19, gathered at the foot of the immaculate steps of the highest judicial institution in Washington, hundreds of people came to deposit flowers, small stones, drawings and messages.

“Thank you for teaching us to fight”, say many of them; “The place of women is at Court”, also plead boxes made in haste; others insist: “Respect his last wishes”, allusion to the wish of this lawyer, who became an icon of resistance to the conservative views of the Supreme Court, not to be replaced before the installation of a new president in January 2021. Lost sentence: Donald Trump said on Saturday that he intended to nominate a candidate ” without delay “, for confirmation by the Senate with a Republican majority.

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Beyond the emotion and sobs of this predominantly female crowd, the political stake of this death which occurred in the middle of the electoral campaign therefore escapes no one.

Hundreds of people pay homage to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the United States Supreme Court in Washington on September 19.

“I am worried about my children. What will be their future if the Republicans manage to install a sixth conservative judge [sur neuf] at the court ? What margin of freedom will they have? “, asks Mary Gonzalez, applied to write her personal message on a small green paper: “Thank you for paving the way for all women. ” The Americans who have come to express their pain and their fears fear a questioning of the right to abortion, a promise from the Republicans, but more generally worried about the stranglehold of a political camp on an institution supposed to guarantee the rights of all.

“Hypocrisy of the Republican Party”

Also, many want to believe that the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg will galvanize the Democratic vote, as was the case in the midterm elections in 2018, after the controversial appointment of Tory Judge Brett Kavanaugh, accused of sexual assault. . “The Democrats see what is at stake here: their rights to dispose of their bodies, their health insurance, the rights of homosexuals, the legality of elections… They will vote like never before, assures Tracey Edwards, an African-American Democrat from Nebraska, whose t-shirt and mask defend the colors of the “ticket” Joe Biden-Kamala Harris. Women will mobilize even more than usual. It is essential that we elect a Senate that believes in the Constitution. “

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