In the days before Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s death on Friday, she dictated a note to her granddaughter explaining that her final wish was to “not be replaced until a new president is installed.” This statement was confirmed to have been said by Ginsburg to her granddaughter, Clara Spera, in a report from NPR. However, without evidence, President Donald Trump contradicted the claim on Monday, in an interview with Fox News.

“I don’t know that she said that. Or that was written out by Adam Schiff, and Schumer, and Pelosi? It sounds so beautiful but that sounds like a Schumer deal,” Trump said. Trump offered no evidence that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer or Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi fabricated a note from the recently deceased Ginsburg. Later in the interview, he stated, “I mean, maybe she did, maybe she didn’t.”

These statements from Trump contradict his original reaction to Ginsburg’s passing, when he first heard the news from a reporter after a campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota.

“She was an amazing woman – whether you agreed or not – she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life,” he said, “I am sad to hear that.” In an official statement, he referred to her as a “titan of the law.”

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These statements do not correlate well with his interview with Fox News on Monday.

“Mr. President, this is low, even for you,” Schiff wrote in a response on Twitter. Schumer also fired back, writing, “Just when you think Trump can’t get any lower, he burrows deeper into the cesspool of callous classlessness. Democrats are united in fighting to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s last wish.”


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