An event to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg against her deathbed wish has led to dozens of coronavirus infections in the White House

As she was about to die, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was asked to say her final wish. She said her final wish was she did not want to be replaced before the next election. She said she wanted to be replaced after the next President has been sworn into office.

Not long after saying those words, she died. President Donald Trump and Republicans disrespected her wish, labeling it a liberal lie, and vowing to replace her as soon as possible.

They went ahead to nominate a potential replacement at an event on Saturday at the White House Rose Garden.

That event now seems to have led to most coronavirus infections in the White House. Virtually everyone around Trump who has now tested positive for coronavirus attended that event to nominate Amy Coney Barrett.

She is a conservative judge whose values are a sea apart from those of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton. 

President Donald Trump announced on Friday morning that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus. Both attended the event on Saturday. Senior adviser Hope Hicks, who also attended the event, tested positive for the coronavirus. The President of Notre Dame University John I. Jenkins who also attended the same White House event has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the same event at a Rose Garden last Saturday where President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court pick.

Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina announced they have also tested positive, just days after attending the same event.

The event featured many people not wearing masks and not observing social distancing protocols.

At least one of the three journalists who have tested positive for the virus also attended that event. At least 8 people who attended the Rose Garden event tested have tested positive for the coronavirus, and others came in contact with those who attended that event.

It is becoming clear that the event to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg can now be considered a super spreader event.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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