On Monday morning, President Donald Trump cast doubt on a report that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s “most fervent wish” before her death was to “not be replaced until a new president is installed,” as reported by her granddaughter. Fox News prime-time host and Trump confidant Tucker Carlson had dismissed the report in the hours after Ginsburg’s death was reported Friday night.
On September 18, NPR reported that “just days before her death, as her strength waned,” Ginsburg dictated a statement to her granddaughter: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed." Carlson cast skepticism on the report by saying that viewers should take it with a “grain of salt.” Carlson concluded that he is “going to choose not to believe that she said that, because I don't think that people on their deathbeds are thinking about who's president.”
Over the weekend, while many conservative media figures attacked the idea that lawmakers should consider Ginsburg’s request, a few conservative personalities also cast doubt on whether Ginsburg made that request at all.
On September 21, Trump repeated these claims on Fox & Friends when asked about Ginsburg’s statement by the co-hosts, saying that he doesn’t “know that she said that” and suggesting that the statement was written by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).