Day: September 19, 2020

Lindsey Graham said in 2016 to use his words against him. Twitter followed through.

Lindsey Graham said in 2016 to use his words against him. Twitter followed through.

Senator Lindsey Graham’s own words are being used against him, thanks to old videos recirculating on Twitter. 

Graham is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the cohort of senators who review judicial nominations. In the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, he’s facing pressure to reject any nominee chosen by Donald Trump to take Justice Ginsburg’s seat. Ginsburg was a progressive on a largely conservative court, and any nominee Trump puts forward is sure to be conservative as well. 

In years past, Graham has repeatedly insisted that Supreme Court vacancies should remain vacant during election years so the next president has a chance to fill them. When President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat in 2016, Graham led the opposition against the nomination.  Read more…

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‘The Notorious R.B.G.’ taught a new generation how to dissent with her internet stardom

'The Notorious R.B.G.' taught a new generation how to dissent with her internet stardom

When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was 80 years old, she became an internet icon. 

A law student started a Tumblr in her honor in 2013, dubbing her “The Notorious R.B.G.” and in the years that followed, she became a meme that lined Etsy sellers’ pockets. As much as her photo was flung around social media, her crowned head was emblazoned on T-shirts, her signature lace collar was reimagined as baby bibs, and she became “our lady of dissent” on votive candles you could buy for $15. Her internet domination both fueled and was fueled by her caricaturing on Saturday Night Live as a spunky old lady who could lift weights and kick ass. She particularly liked a popular T-shirt that read, Read more…

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