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US Senate president Mitch McConnell would wear the description “hypocrite” like a badge of honour. His vow to hold a vote as soon as possible, even before the November 3 presidential election, on any nominee Donald Trump chooses to replace the almost irreplaceable Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the supreme court is a complete 180-degree turnaround from his obstinate pledge in 2016 to not hold hearings on then-president Barack Obama’s nominee.

It will be a travesty, leaving little time to vet the candidate but just enough time to inflict another brutal and divisive process on a bitterly divided nation, all in the name of furthering possibly regressive policies that will roll back strides made in civil rights, gender equality and equal justice laws, the principles Bader Ginsburg stood for...

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