President Donald Trump appalled social media users by suggesting that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish was a Democratic "hoax."
The president questioned a statement dictated to her granddaughter -- "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed" -- during his wide-ranging interview Monday morning on "Fox & Friends," where he promised to nominate Ginsburg's replacement by the end of the week.
“I don’t know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff or Pelosi?" Trump told the co-hosts. “I would be more inclined to the second, okay – you know, that came out of the wind. That sounds so beautiful, but that sounds like a Schumer deal, or maybe Pelosi or for Shifty Schiff. So that came out of the wind, let’s say. I mean, maybe she did, and maybe she didn’t.”
The president's baseless claim landed with a thud on Twitter.
Mr. President, this is low. Even for you. No, I didn’t write Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish to a nation she ser… https://t.co/OSP4JqpQnY— Adam Schiff (@Adam Schiff) 1600700272.0
To call Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish that her seat not be filled until after the election a Democratic hoax is abh… https://t.co/OpDXfpoBER— Rob Reiner (@Rob Reiner) 1600696248.0
State TV, @foxnews , now agrees that Ginsburg's dying wish was a Democratic hoax, cooked up by Adam Schiff. You're… https://t.co/tsGAJprJde— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart) 1600695444.0
Whenever you think he can’t go lower ... https://t.co/EWpkbx0eUm— Gilda Stahl (@Gilda Stahl) 1600700281.0
I’m sure it won’t upset Ginsburg’s grieving family at all that her dying wish as dictated to her granddaughter is n… https://t.co/ObWO131zDA— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1600693733.0
This is why Trump--and maybe McConnell--will lose the fight over the Court seat. It's one thing to say you're not g… https://t.co/bZXBvb9ell— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol) 1600691898.0
The chance that Clara Spera would make up her grandmother’s dying wish is roughly the same as the chance that our p… https://t.co/ouiFfXyfbB— Benjamin Wittes (@Benjamin Wittes) 1600694237.0
The utter desire to deprive a lifelong public servant’s dying wish—what is that but the sign of a dead soul? Just… https://t.co/qim6qNleJR— Bandy X Lee, MD, MDiv (@Bandy X Lee, MD, MDiv) 1600617354.0