Nevertheless, Trump insisted that "doing it before the election would be a very good thing, because you're probably gonna see it, because what they're doing is trying to sow confusion and everything else".
But Democrats are also fired up against what they see as Trump "stealing" another court seat, as Democratic leader Chuck Schumer puts it.
The death of the liberal-leaning justice has sparked a controversy over the balance of the court just weeks before the November presidential election.
Trump and his aides, though, appear to have set their sights on nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett of IN, who was at the White House twice this week, including for a Monday meeting with Trump. And Republicans will most definitely confirm a nominee from a Republican White House. Your obligation is to respect and represent the American people.
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Democrats have encouraged voting by mail as a way to cast ballots safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, until Sen. Kamala D. Harris's historic choice as Biden's vice-presidential nominee, Black women also were the most overlooked and taken for granted.
On Monday, without evidence, Trump baselessly asserted it had been made up by Democrats.
U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, expressed concern that President Donald Trump is casting doubt on whether he would accept an election defeat. Their calls came one day after it was announced that a Kentucky grand jury had brought no charges against Louisville police for her killing during a drug raid connected to a suspect who did not live at Taylor's home.
"The victor of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th", McConnell wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
Ginsburg will be the first woman and only the second justice from the top court to be given the honour.
"I don't have a meeting planned, but she is on my list", he told a news conference on Wednesday.
"And everywhere we go, the streets are lined with support like I don't think any other president has had previously".
That will not happen now.
Those claiming hypocrisy or double standards by Republicans ignore both the historical precedents of the Senate and the hypocrisy and double standards of Democrats - including their nominee, Joe Biden, who has been all over the place on this issue. Mitt Romney, son of a former MI governor.
But Republicans are eagerly running into the election year fight, sensing a reward greater than the risk.
"But that's OK, I'm no longer angry at Mitt because he's being very nice on the Supreme Court". Known for her trailblazing work for women's rights, the octogenarian "rock star" earned the nickname "Notorious RBG" as millennials extolled her virtues on Twitter and Tumblr, stocking up on RBG tee-shirts and tote bags and creating a phenomenon. We are always getting left behind, and historic selection aside, we are more than worthy of the opportunity that seems to keep being denied us. We need to say it out loud.
"We champion change and we champion equality".
The struggle over Supreme Court nominees began nearly a decade ago, in 2013, when Democrats invoked the so-called "nuclear option" and lowered the threshold for approval of federal judges, other than those on the Supreme Court, to a simple majority. Instead, he nominated the first Latina. They turned out at higher rates than any other demographic group, according to census data, and exit polls show that more than 95 percent of them voted for him.
"That's why we elected you, and will elect you again!"
Republican senators insist they have the right to vote on the nomination either before the election or during the "lame-duck" session before the inauguration of the next president in January.