During a discussion at Columbia University, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg blamed a “macho atmosphere” and rampant sexism for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 electoral 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,” she said. “I think anyone who watched that campaign unfold would answer it the same way I did — Yes, sexism played a prominent part.”

Ginsburg has made no effort to conceal her disdain for Trump, publicly criticizing him on numerous occasions.

Prior to the election, Ginsburg called Trump a “faker“.

In a July 2016 interview with the NYT, Ginsburg suggested, likely jokingly, that moving to New Zealand might be preferable to living in Trump’s America:

“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.

Referring to something she thought her late husband, tax lawyer Martin Ginsburg, would have said, she said: “Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand.”

Ginsburg later regretted making so many public negative comments about Trump, saying, “On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them. Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future, I will be more circumspect.”

She might not be blaming Trump directly in her latest comments, but Ginsburg’s certainly suggesting he’s the reason Hillary lost.

Regardless, she thinks America is ready for a female president.


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