Trump: Her decisions have inspired all Americans

Tributes pour in for US Supreme Court Justice Bader Ginsburg, who died age 87

Obama: She made us see discrimination on basis of sex has real consequences for all of us; Biden: She fought for us all; Pelosi: We must honor her legacy with the next appointment

Flowers and candles outside the Supreme Court following the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in Washington, September 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Flowers and candles outside the Supreme Court following the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in Washington, September 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Tributes flooded in Saturday morning for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at her home in Washington at the age of 87.

Born in Brooklyn in 1933, Ginsburg was a law-school star when women didn’t study law, and a law professor with a powerful impact on the establishment of rights for women and minorities.

She died on the evening that marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. According to tradition, those who die during the holiday are revered as a “tzaddik,” or a person of great righteousness.

Ginsburg’s death gives US President Donald Trump the opportunity to tilt the court to the right, potentially for decades, with media reporting that a new nomination could be quick. But it also has the potential to mobilize voters on the Democratic side.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

US Supreme Court justice gather for a formal group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, November 30, 2018. Seated from left: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Standing behind from left: Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

US President Donald Trump: “Renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one’s colleagues or different points of view. Her opinions, including well-known decisions regarding the legal equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds.”

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us. She fought for all of us. … It was my honor to preside over her confirmation hearings, and to strongly support her accession to the Supreme Court. In the decades since, she was consistently and reliably the voice that pierced to the heart of every issue, protected the constitutional rights of every American, and never failed in the fierce and unflinching defense of liberty and freedom.”

Former president Bill Clinton: “With the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, America has lost one of the most extraordinary Justices ever to serve on the Supreme Court. She was a magnificent judge and a wonderful person — a brilliant lawyer with a caring heart, common sense, fierce devotion to fairness and equality, and boundless courage in the face of her own adversity. Her 27 years on the Court exceeded even my highest expectations when I appointed her.”

Former president Barack Obama: “Over a long career on both sides of the bench — as a relentless litigator and an incisive jurist — Justice Ginsburg helped us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn’t about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn’t only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us. It’s about who we are — and who we can be.”

President Barack Obama greets Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 12, 2016, before giving his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former president Jimmy Carter: “A powerful legal mind and a staunch advocate for gender equality, she has been a beacon of justice during her long and remarkable career. I was proud to have appointed her to the US Court of Appeals in 1980. We join countless Americans in mourning the loss of a truly great woman.”

Former president George W. Bush: “Laura and I join our fellow Americans in mourning the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She dedicated many of her 87 remarkable years to the pursuit of justice and equality, and she inspired more than one generation of women and girls.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham: “Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer who possessed tremendous passion for her causes. She served with honor and distinction as a member of the Supreme Court. While I had many differences with her on legal philosophy, I appreciate her service to our nation.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein: “It has been reported that Justice Ginsburg’s wish was that the winner of the upcoming election nominate her successor. We should all honor that wish and wait until after the presidential inauguration to take action.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “We must honor Justice Ginsburg’s trailblazing career and safeguard her powerful legacy by ensuring that the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court upholds her commitment to equality, opportunity and justice for all.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (R) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (L)participate in the annual Women’s History Month reception in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 18, 2015 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left an indelible mark on this country, and her loss will be deeply felt. She will be remembered for her brilliant mind, her razor sharp wit, and her tenacious and lifelong fight to protect the rights of women in this country.”

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