Tributes pour in following Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passing at 87
The Supreme Court of the United States announced Friday Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.
Ginsburg was surrounded by her family when passed away at her home in Washington, D.C.
In July, she announced that she was undergoing chemotherapy for lesions on her liver. The sessions were the latest of her several battles with cancer.
Born in Brooklyn, Gisburg has roots in New Jersey. Her first position as a professor was at Rutgers Law School in 1963 until 1972.
Nominated by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg spent her final years on the bench as the unquestioned leader of the court’s liberal wing and became something of a rock star to her admirers. Young women especially seemed to embrace the court’s Jewish grandmother, affectionately calling her the "Notorious RBG."
Tributes poured in for Ginsburg on Friday night.
Hillary Clinton, took to Twitter and said,
"Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG."
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker also said Twitter,
"I am so, so saddened by the news that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed. Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer and an extraordinary jurist who devoted her life to advancing the causes of equality and justice. We are in her debt."
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement,
"For nearly three decades, we have been treated to Justice Ginsburg's singular expertise. We have been made a better nation, and a better people, through her reasoned approach and sharp-minded opinions."
Former President George W. Bush commented,
"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."
Following a rally, in Minnesota Friday night, President Donald Trump was asked about Ginsburg's passing.
"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. I'm actually saddened to hear that. I am saddened to hear that," Trump said.
Ginsberg's vacancy on the Supreme Court will be a political battleground over the next six weeks, with the nation now wondering who will get to nominate the next Supreme Court Justice.
After New Jersey Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the seat.
That was more than seven months before Election Day. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold a vote on Garland saying, "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice."
When President Trump won the White House and nominated Neil Gorsuch to the bench. He filled another vacancy when Justice Anthony Kennedy retired with the now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
It is reported, days before her death, Ginsburg dictated a statement to her granddaughter, saying "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement,
"President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."
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