Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks that if Hillary Clinton was a man, she may have won the 2016 election.
Ginsburg offered her take on the role sexism allegedly played in Clinton’s humiliating defeat to Donald Trump last year during an interview with CBS’ Charlie Rose on Tuesday.
“When do you think we’ll see a woman as president?” Rose asked Ginsburg.
“I think we came pretty close,” she said.
“Yes. Do you think sexism played a role in that campaign?” Rose pressed.
“Do I think so?” she asked.
“Yes,” Rose said.
“I have no doubt that it did,” Ginsburg said to applause.
Rose wanted more.
“Do you think that it was decisive?” he questioned. “In other words, if Hillary Clinton had been a man she would have won that election going away.”
“There were so many things that might have been decisive, but that was a major, major factor,” she said.
The 84-year-old associate justice was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and is well-known for offering her opinion about political matters – something many believe is inappropriate for a sitting justice. In recent years, many of the comments have taken aim at President Trump, who she previously called a “faker” in an interview with CNN.
“He has no consistency about him,” she said. “He said whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego.”
She also alleged a Trump presidency would spell doom for the Supreme Court in another interview with The New York Times during the campaign.
“I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” Ginsburg told the New York Times. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
Trump, of course, called out Ginsburg, both in the media and on Twitter, over her “highly inappropriate” comments last year, as did many legal scholars and academics. Many folks pointed out that the judicial ethics code for lower-court judges – which does not apply to Supreme Court justices – bans judges from opining about political candidates.
Ultimately, she was forced to issue a public statement to quell the outrage last July, The Washington Post reports.
“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,” Ginsburg said. “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.”