U.S. Supreme Court Justice and all around liberal icon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, defended the free press following President Donald Trump’s merciless attacks on the media since taking office.
In an interview with BBC’s Newsnight set to air Thursday night, Ginsburg said she understands the press to be telling the truth, despite President Trump’s claims that the press is against him. “I read the Washington Post and the New York Times every day, and I think that the reporters are trying to tell the public the truth,” Ginsburg explained.
She went on, crediting the press for exposing the Watergate scandal, saying:
‘Think of what the press has done in the United States. That story might never have come out if we didn’t have the free press that we do.’
Although she didn’t mention him by name, Ginsburg’s comments stand in direct opposition to Trump’s frequent disparaging of the media.
Ginsburg was moved by the Women’s Marches that took place not only across the country but across the globe. She explained to BBC:
‘I’ve never seen such a demonstration – both the numbers and the rapport of the people in that crowd. There was no violence, it was orderly. So yes, we are not experiencing the best times but there is reason to hope that we will see a better day.’
Ginsburg’s remarks are anything but surprising, however, and she’s been a fierce critic of Donald Trump since early on.
‘He’s a fake. He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego… How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that,’ she said prior to the election.
When the 83-year-old was asked how she felt about Trump becoming President of the United States prior to the 2016 presidential election, Ginsburg told reporters:
‘I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.’
During a talk at Stanford University earlier this month, Ginsburg told students she’d like to change the Electoral College, presumably to prevent candidates who lose the popular vote from being able to win the presidency.
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