’Thank you RBG’: Tributes pour in for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

’Thank you RBG’: Tributes pour in for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

As word of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death spread on Friday, tributes quickly poured in from celebrities, athletes, and Democrats and Republicans alike.

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In a tweet, Hillary Clinton thanked Ginsburg, who was appointed to the US Supreme Court by her husband President Bill Clinton in 1993, for paving the way for women — including herself.

’There will never be another like her,’ Clinton wrote.

Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 19, 2020

Ginsburg died on Friday at age 87 from complications related to cancer, the US Supreme Court said in a statement.

She was only the second woman ever appointed to the nation’s top court when she took her seat 27 years ago.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that flags are flying half staff over the US Capitol in honor of Ginsburg:

Tonight, the flags are flying at half staff over the Capitol to honor the patriotism of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Every woman and girl, and therefore every family, in America has benefitted from her brilliance.

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 19, 2020

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Ginsburg before laying down a political marker, stating unequivocally, ‘President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.’

The Senate and the nation mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.

My full statement: pic.twitter.com/NOwYLhDxIk

— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 19, 2020

Democrats will argue vociferously against Trump nominating someone to fill her seat so close to an election. However, knowing the golden opportunity they have to replace a reliably liberal justice such as Ginsburg with a conservative justice, Trump and Republicans will likely move full steam ahead. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is already on the record saying her seat ‘should not be filled until we have a new president:

The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 18, 2020

US Senator Lindsey Graham, who as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee will oversee the nomination hearing of Ginsburg’s successor, if a nominee is put forth before January, left the upcoming political battle out of his tribute:

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Justice Ginsburg.

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.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 19, 2020

While I had many differences with her on legal philosophy, I appreciate her service to our nation.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

May she Rest In Peace.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 19, 2020

At the beginning of her tenure on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg was considered left of centre; over the years, she developed into a reliably liberal firebrand, lionised by progressives.

US Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called her passing ‘a tremendous loss’.

The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a tremendous loss to our country. She was an extraordinary champion of justice and equal rights, and will be remembered as one of the great justices in modern American history.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 19, 2020

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is one of US President Donald Trump’s lawyers and does not usually have many kind words for Democrats, also praised Ginsburg.

He said while he ‘disagreed with many of her decisions ... they were all well reasoned and well argued.’

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a credit to the Court.

I disagreed with many of her decisions but they were all well reasoned and well argued.

She was a close friend of her ideological opposite, Justice Scalia.

They both loved opera, law and the U.S.A.

May She Rest In Peace

— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) September 18, 2020

As only the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court (Sandra Day O’Connor was the first), Ginsburg was an icon to liberal women.

US football star Megan Rapinoe called Ginsburg’s death ‘devastating’.

This is devastating, an incalculable loss. We owe so much to RBG. Rest in Power Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #RIPRBG

— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) September 19, 2020

Apple CEO Tim Cook said, ‘she changed the course of American history.’

Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her life in pursuit of an equal world. She fought for the unheard, and through her decisions, she changed the course of American history. We can never repay what she has given us, but we all can honor her legacy by working toward true equality, together. pic.twitter.com/lh6bioRuED

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 19, 2020
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