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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US 'not experiencing the best of times'

26 February 2017

"So yes, we are not experiencing the best times but there is reason to hope that that we will see a better day".

Unlike her Supreme Court colleagues who have avoided political commentary, the Bill Clinton appointee has made no secret of her dislike for the real-estate developer.

In an interview with the BBC's "Newsnight" on Thursday, Ginsberg defended the importance of a free press in the us, saying the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in the 1970s evidenced the necessity of journalists. "There was a lot to ask me", she observed dryly. Watergate helped hasten Nixon's 1974 resignation.

Ginsburg said she was excited by the Women's March in Washington, D.C., a protest in which one woman expressed thoughts of blowing up the White House. "There was no violence, it was orderly", she said.

"I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam", Ginsburg, 83, said, according to NBC News.

While things look bleak, she believes the record levels of activism at events like last month's Women's March, which may have been the largest protest in USA history, bode well for the future.

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And the media is instrumental in holding the government accountable, she said. She stressed the pendulum shifts of history, and predicted that "we will preserve both of those - the right to think as we believe, not as Big Brother tells us", and a commitment to "welcome our neighbors" and celebrate diversity. In her appearance Thursday said she had no intention of leaving the court anytime soon.

She also called Trump a "faker" during an interview with CNN. "For the court, it could be - I don't even want to contemplate that". He said whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego.

Ginsburg pointed out that she declined to answer questions only about cases that were either pending or "likely to come before the court", and that she testified at length about the extensive paper trail left by her law review articles and 13-years-worth of opinions on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Trump, as he is also known to do, fired back.

What other non "best of times" did Justice Ginsburg cite?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US 'not experiencing the best of times'