Trump Jump-Starts Misinformation on Ginsburg’s ‘Dying Wish’ (The New York Times)


    Trump Jump-Starts Misinformation on Ginsburg’s ‘Dying Wish’ – By Kevin Roose (The New York Times) / Sept 21 2020

    President Trump routinely passes along false and misleading information that has been circulating online. On Monday, he appeared to be the one starting it.

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    Shortly before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, she made a request about what should happen to her seat on the Supreme Court. “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ms. Ginsburg said, according to NPR, which reported that the 87-year-old justice dictated the note to her granddaughter, Clara Spera, in the final days of her life.

    But during a “Fox & Friends” interview on Monday morning, President Trump claimed, without evidence, that Justice Ginsburg’s “dying wish” might actually have been written by a top Democrat like Representative Adam Schiff of California, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York or Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.

    “I don’t know that she said that, or if that was written out by Adam Schiff, and Schumer and Pelosi,” Mr. Trump said. “That came out of the wind. It sounds so beautiful, but that sounds like a Schumer deal, or maybe Pelosi or Shifty Schiff.”

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