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With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the nation shifting its focus to the monumental political ramifications of this historical moment, there will rightfully be a pause for tributes to Ginsburg’s legendary life. Whatever you think about her politics and decisions on the court, you have to respect her tenacity, work ethic, and pioneering determination. In such a divided nation, it’s also worth focusing on her surprisingly close friendship with former Justice Antonin Scalia, a political polar opposite. Their “deep and affectionate friendship” was highlighted in this two-minute clip from CBS in 2016, after Scalia’s passing:
On a lighter note, this humorous skit from SNL from Feb. 2017 is all the more interesting now:
President Donald Trump was told of Ginsburg’s passing while speaking to reporters at a rally in Minnesota:
“She just died? Wow,” Trump said. “I didn’t know that. You’re telling me now for the first time. She led an amazing life. What else can you say?”
“She was an amazing woman. Whether you agreed or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life,” Trump continued. “I’m saddened to hear that.”
Trump later tweeted the following message:
On Friday night Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans will push ahead with filling Ginsburg’s court vacancy:
“President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” McConnell said.
“Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise,” McConnell said.