The claim: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated and confirmed 43 days before an election
After the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, Republicans appear poised to launch into a race to nominate and confirm her successor.
But the timing of her death – just 46 days before Election Day on Nov. 3 – has led Democrats to question if there is enough time to complete the process, and whether the choice should be left to the next president.
Posts on Facebook attempted to draw an equivalency between the quick confirmation process for the late justice herself and the apparent GOP timetable for confirming her successor.
"Fun fact: RBG was nominated and confirmed 43 days before an election," one post reads.
The user behind the post did not respond to a request from USA TODAY for comment.
Ginsburg was confirmed in less than two months. But there was no election in 1993.
From start to finish, it took less than two months for Ginsburg to make her way onto the Supreme Court.
President Bill Clinton nominated her to the court on June 14,1993. The Senate received the nomination on June 22 and voted to confirm her just 42 days later, on August 3. Ginsburg took her seat on the high court the next week, on August 10.
But none of the process occurred in the lead-up to an election, as the post claims.
In fact, Clinton hadn't even been president for six months when he nominated Ginsburg to the court. (He was elected in November 1992 and inaugurated in January 1993.)
President Donald Trump has said he will announce his nominee to replace Ginsburg on Saturday. Between that date, Sept. 26, and the election, on Nov. 3, there are just 38 days.
Our rating: False
Based on our research, the claim that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated and confirmed 43 days before an election is FALSE. Though it took just 42 days from the time the Senate received her nomination until her confirmation vote, it was not an election year. President Bill Clinton was elected in 1992, and Ginsburg was nominated in 1993.
Our fact-check sources:
The Supreme Court Historical Society, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1993-2020
The Washington Post, Sept. 19, Is it too close to the election to confirm a Supreme Court nominee?
Thank you for supporting our journalism. You can subscribe to our print edition, ad-free app or electronic newspaper replica here.
Our fact check work is supported in part by a grant from Facebook.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Ginsburg confirmed in 42 days, not in an election year