Mitch McConnell Refused to Allow Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Lie in State in Capitol According to New Book
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an icon for many women and girls and when she died in September, many people wanted her to lie in state in the Capitol’s Rotunda. But that’s not what then-Senate Majority Speaker Mitch McConnell had in mind, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In Susan Page’s new book Madam Speaker, Pelosi pretty much told it like it is in her description of McConnell, who’s since received a slight demotion and is now Senate Minority Leader, as he did everything he could to keep Ginsburg’s memorial out of the Rotunda, Mediaite reports.
Here’s an excerpt from Page’s book, from Punchbowl:
“‘Mitch McConnell is not a force for good in our country,'” Pelosi told me. “He is an enabler of some of the worst stuff, and an instigator of some of it on his own.’ The two congressional leaders had never had a particularly good relationship. Now, there was bitterness from a new dispute between them, one not reported at the time. When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September, Pelosi proposed the groundbreaking feminist lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. She would have been the first woman in history to be so honored.”
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But McConnell doesn’t have a progressive bone in his body, so of course, he put up a fuss.
“McConnell rejected the idea on the grounds that there was no precedent for such treatment of a justice,” Page writes. “When William Howard Taft had lain in state in 1930, he had not only been the chief justice but also president, McConnell noted.”
He also didn’t care about Ginsburg’s significance to women and girls.
“He wasn’t swayed by the argument that Ginsburg had achieved an iconic status in American culture, especially for women and girls,” Page adds. “McConnell’s refusal meant that Ginsburg’s flag-draped coffin was placed not in the Rotunda, which connects the House and Senate, but in Statuary Hall, on the opposite side.”
Even worse is the fact that McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy didn’t even attend services. That speaks volumes about Republicans, especially McConnell. He’s rarely ever been interested in doing what’s right, or in working for the greater good unless that somehow fattens his pocketbook. He has stubbornly stood in the way of effective gun control measures, fought against President Joe Biden’s stimulus package aimed at helping those of us struggling as the pandemic continues.
McConnell also ramrodded the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett in a matter of weeks before the 2020 presidential election, quite obviously to ensure another conservative voice was added to the Supreme Court.
Because that’s the kind of person McConnell is. There is nothing good, or decent about him.
Page’s book is scheduled for release on April 20.