CNN political commentator and Democratic strategist David Axelrod David AxelrodMark Halperin inks book deal 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle of health care The Hill's Morning Report – More talking with guns; many questions on Epstein's death NO responded Friday to the news that the Supreme Court of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg defends conservative Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch Ginsburg eliminates court packing and term limits for Supreme Court justices. he expects to serve on the bench 'until the & # 39; Stevens did MORE recently completed radiation treatment for a malignant tumor, writing that a vacancy in the high court could "tear this country apart."
"If there is a [Supreme Court] vacancy next year and @senatemajldr continues its extraordinary promise to fill it — despite its own prior commitment to blocking Garland — it will tear this country apart, "Axelrod's letter, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDavid Axelrod after cancer treatment in Ginsburg: Vacancy in the Supreme Court can & # 39; t tear this country apart & # 39; Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverag e' in impeachment press Democrats in FBI, DHS in response to white supremacist violence MORE (R-Ky.) blocking former nominee of Supreme Court President Obama, Merrick Garland Merrick Brian GarlandLaw professor: Judiciary deserves to be the & # 39; last resort & # 39; Here's how senators can overcome their hyperpartisanship with judicial nominee McConnell's campaign being criticized for a grave with the name of challenging MORE in 2016.
If there is a SCOTUS vacancy next year and @senatemajldr continues his extraordinary promise to fill it — despite his earlier leadership in blocking Garland — it will tear this country apart.
– David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) August 23, 2019
Hill reached out to McConnell's office for comment.
Ginsburg, 86, is the oldest member of the high court and has sat on nine bench members for 26 years. He struggled with cancers during his tenure, underwent surgery in 1999 for colorectal cancer, a procedure for pancreatic cancer in 2009 and another surgery to remove two deadly nodules in his lungs in December.
His latest treatment, announced by the Supreme Court on Friday, is being conducted on an outpatient basis at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, is to fight a tumor detected in early July on a regular basis blood test. A stent was also inserted into his bile duct as part of the treatment.
The Supreme Court said in a statement Friday that Ginsburg "allowed for good treatment," and that "the tumor was treated indefinitely and had no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body."
Concerns about Ginsburg's health and ability to continue as a justice have prompted some to offer to donate their organs, while others have recommended turning her into bubble wrap. Ginsburg has emerged as a cultural icon for liberals who see him as a bulwark against President Trump to install more conservative justices.