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Ginsburg Says ‘Macho Atmosphere’ and Sexism Played Huge Role in Clinton Election Loss


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Sunday that sexism played a huge role in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election loss. You can see this at about 26:00 in the video above. Ginburg doubled-down on her statement from last September in which she said sexism was a “major factor” in Clinton’s loss.

“I think it was difficult for Hillary Clinton to get by even the macho atmosphere prevailing during that campaign, and she was criticized in a way I think no man would have been criticized,” Ginsburg said during an on-stage appearance at her alma mater of Columbia University. “I think anyone who watched that campaign unfold would answer it the same way I did. Yes, sexism played a prominent part.”

CNN reporter and fellow Columbia alumna Poppy Harlow asked if the United States wasn’t ready for a woman president.

“I think we were and will be the next time,” Ginsburg said, then added, “Anyway, we should be careful about not getting me too much into the political arena.”

She should know. Ginsburg isn’t a fan of President Donald Trump. She made that quite clear in a July 2016 interview with The New York Times.

“I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” she said about then-candidate Trump. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”

Trump called on her to resign. Ginsburg said it was “ill-advised” for a judge to comment on a candidate for public office.

[Screengrab via Columbia University]

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