Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stirred a bit of controversy when she referred to Sen. Lindsey Graham(R.S.C.) as one of the women of the senate.
The 84-year-old Justice made the comments during a speech she gave at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. Ginsburg was accepting the Prize for Civility in Public Life which was given in honor of her friendship with Justine Antonin Scalia.
Ginsburg, who is considered a member of the Supreme Court’s liberal wing, often disagreed with the conservative Scalia on a number of legal issues. However, the two were actually very close friends and often spent time together outside of work. Given that, the Supreme Court is only made up of nine people and its members often serve for decades, it is understandable that people would develop friendships while there.
Ginsburg’s comments regarding Graham appear to have been delivered as part of a plea for Washington to return to civility and bi-partisanship. Even prior to Donald Trump’s victory, the nation’s capital has been locked in partisan gridlock. The GOP often appeared to view Democrats, especially President Obama, not as people with whom they held differing opinions on policy, but, rather, enemies out to destroy their way of life.
The election of Donald Trump has done nothing to improve this state of things. Throughout his campaign, Trump was rude, vulgar and aggressive towards his opponents and he has carried those traits with him to D.C. Let’s hope he takes Ginsburg’s advice and starts behaving like the president and less like a school-yard bully.
‘Let’s hope members of Congress, the members Allegheny College has already honored — Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. John McCain the women of the Senate, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Lindsey Graham — let’s hope that they and others of goodwill will lead in restoring harmonious work ways.’
Graham’s office did not return requests for comments regarding Ginsburg’s slip-up, but it is unlikely that it was intentional. It should be noted that Lindsey is considered a girl’s name today, but several decades ago it would have been used for boys as well and Graham is 61-years-old.
For more information, you can check out Ginsburg’s comments below.
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