The liberal titan of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, leaving behind a massive legacy, and a hugely divided nation.
Goddamn it, 2020. This morning, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died due to complications resulting from metastatic pancreas cancer. The woman, known colloquially as the Notorious RBG, was 87.
Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by the Clinton administration. In the new millennium, she served as one of the most senior figures in the Supreme Court, consistently delivering progressive votes on abortion rights, same-sex marriage, voting rights, immigration, and health care.
As CNN noted, “She developed a rock star type status and speaking events across the country before liberal audiences, she was greeted with standing ovations as she spoke about her view of the law, her famed exercise routine and her often fiery dissents.”
Wondrously, she embraced her status, once commenting on the soubriquet she shared with rapper, Notorious B.I.G: “We were both born and bred in Brooklyn, New York.”
“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” said Chief Justice John Roberts. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence, that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
Ginsburg had met cancer five times, with the most recent being a biopsy in early 2020, one that revealed lesions on her liver. At the time, she said that chemotherapy was yielding “positive results” and noted that she was able to continue her active daily routine.
“I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam,” she said in a statement in July 2020. ” I remain fully able to do that.”
As CNN noted, she told an audience in 2019 that she liked to keep busy even when she was fighting cancer. “I found each time that when I’m active, I’m much better than if I’m just lying about and feeling sorry for myself,” she said in New York at the Yale Club at an event hosted by Moment Magazine. Ginsburg told another audience that she thought she would serve until she was 90 years old.