Justice Ginsburg, in her own words
- Author: Alfonso Moody Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 0:30
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg indicated Thursday that she intends to remain on the Supreme Court as long as she can, predicting that the "pendulum" of American politics will eventually swing back toward the center. During an interview with BBC Newsnight that same day, Ginsburg said she isn't planning on going anywhere.
The 83-year-old justice isn't commenting directly on President Donald Trump, but says she was encouraged by the women's march protesting his election.
In July, she criticized Trump in three separate media interviews.
"I've worked with him and I think he's very easy to get along with", she said during an appearance at George Washington University. There was no violence; it was orderly.
"Some awful things have happened in the United States, but one can only hope that we learn from those bad things", she added, citing the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II as an example.More news: Military not in disarray: United States defence chief
Asked what she meant by that at her appearance Thursday night, Ginsburg replied: "We are not as mindful of what makes America great". "It took a long time for the United States to realize how terrible it was". "That story might never have come out if we didn't have the free press that we do".
Some Senate Democrats have floated the idea of blocking Gorsuch's confirmation, after Republican members of the Senate refused to give former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaGinsburg: Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is "very easy to get along with" Ivanka, Kushner pushed to strike climate deal criticism from executive order: report Pence: Democrats" Obamacare promises were "fake news' MORE's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a hearing past year. The work of Bob Woodward, now an associate editor at The Post, and Carl Bernstein, a former reporter, in exposing the Watergate scandal helped bring about President Richard Nixon's resignation. Traditionally, members of the Supreme Court stay out of the political sphere. "I think that the reporters are trying to tell the public the way things are".
And the media is instrumental in holding the government accountable, she said. Today she shared thoughts about her life, the law and the state of the country at an event highlighting her new book, "My Own Words", a collection of her speeches and writings spanning 70 years.
She's widely revered in progressive circles as a beacon for progress and is undeniably President Trump's ideological opposite. He really has an ego.