Ginsburg: ‘Macho atmosphere’ dominated 2016 election
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she thought it was difficult for Hillary Clinton to “get by the macho atmosphere” dominating the 2016 presidential election.
CNN’s Poppy Harlow asked Ginsburg at an event at Columbia University Sunday to clarify her comments last year that sexism was a “major factor” in the election.
“I think it was difficult for Hillary Clinton to get by the macho atmosphere prevailing during that campaign, and she was criticized in a way I think no men would have been criticized,” Ginsburg said.
“I think anyone who watched that campaign unfold would answer the same way I did, yes that sexism played a prominent part,” she continued.
Harlow then asked the justice if the U.S. wasn’t ready for a female president.
“I think we were and will be the next time,” Ginsburg said.
“Anyway, we should be careful about getting me too much into the political arena,” she added, to laughs.
Ginsburg, who has described herself as a “flaming feminist litigator,” apologized after she criticized Trump during his candidacy.
She told The New York Times that she “can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.”
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