September 18, 2020
Friday
Sep 18
2020

Statement from President Clinton on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

New York, NY
Statement
For Immediate Release: September 18, 2020
Contact: [email protected]
 
Statement from President Clinton on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
 
With the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, America has lost one of the most extraordinary Justices ever to serve on the Supreme Court.  She was a magnificent judge and a wonderful person—a brilliant lawyer with a caring heart, common sense, fierce devotion to fairness and equality, and boundless courage in the face of her own adversity. 
 
Her 27 years on the Court exceeded even my highest expectations when I appointed her.  Her landmark opinions advancing gender equality, marriage equality, the rights of people with disabilities, the rights of immigrants, and so many more moved us closer to “a more perfect union.”  Her powerful dissents, especially her ringing defense of voting rights and other equal protection claims, reminded us that we walk away from our Constitution’s promise at our peril.  And she did it all with kindness, grace, and calm, treating even her strongest adversaries with respect.  
 
Hillary and I will miss her terribly, and will be forever grateful for her life’s work and her friendship.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane, James, their families, and everyone across America who looked to Justice Ginsburg for guidance, inspiration, and strength.