NYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies'

NYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies'
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The New York Times editorial board remembered the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgFauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Biden owes us an answer on court-packing MORE on Saturday, saying she "will forever have two legacies" – the progress she made for women's equality while on the bench and the gap her exit leaves behind on the Judicial branch.

Editorial board members wrote that Ginsburg will be remembered as a "legal trailblazer" of women's rights and her absence from the court could alter "the progress she helped the country make."

The newspaper posted the editorial after the Supreme Court announced that Ginsburg died Friday night due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87.


New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNY wedding with 10,000 attendees shut down amid COVID-19 Treasury withheld nearly M from FDNY 9/11 health program New York Jewish congregations sue Cuomo over COVID-19 rules, alleging discrimination MORE (D) echoed The Times, lauding the liberal justice's legacy and announcing Saturday a statue dedicated to her in her birthplace of Brooklyn.

“As a lawyer, jurist, and professor, she redefined gender equity and civil rights and ensured America lived up to her founding ideals,” Cuomo said in a statement. “She was a monumental figure of equality, and we can all agree that she deserves a monument in her honor.”

The Times touted Ginsburg's reputation as the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court, and the first woman hired with tenure at Columbia Law School.

In the 1970s, Ginsburg won multiple cases as an attorney fighting to persuade an all-male bench to apply the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause to sex-based discrimination.

She was well known for her majority opinion on United States v. Virginia, which ruled it unconstitutional for the Virginia Military Institute to refuse to admit women.


Ginsburg wrote for a 7-to-1 majority, famously saying, "Inherent differences between men and women, we have come to appreciate, remain cause for celebration," adding in support of women's liberties, "but not for [the] denigration of the members of either sex or for artificial constraints on an individual's opportunity."

Republicans have signaled they intend to move on another nominee put forward by President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE to fill the vacancy left by Ginsburg's death before the November election. If such an effort were successful, it could create a 6-3 supermajority on the high court, establishing a conservative firewall for years or even decades to come.

Trump has already filled two seats with conservative judicial picks – Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchJudge Barrett's hearing: Democratic senators left holding an empty sack The politics of originalism Barrett refuses to say if she would recuse herself from election-related cases MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMajor abortion rights group calls for Democrats to replace Feinstein on Judiciary Committee Trump rebukes Collins amid difficult reelection fight Supreme Court battle turns into 2020 proxy war MORE – but has released a list of other candidates he would appoint if given the opportunity.

Ginsburg battled health issues for years and successfully defeated cancer multiple times during her more than 27-year tenure on the Supreme Court.

She previously defended her decision not to retire when President Obama could have picked her replacement, saying, "There will be a president after this one, and I'm hopeful that that president will be a fine president."

Still, Trump's win in 2016 was unexpected by the late justice, as she stated prior to his election "I can’t imagine what the country would be with Donald Trump as our president.” 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Senate Democrats seek to alleviate public concern about some results not being available on election night Georgia senator mocks Harris's name before Trump rally: 'Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know' MORE (I-Vt.) criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi gives White House 48-hour deadline for coronavirus stimulus deal MORE (R-Ky.) late Friday after the announcement that Republicans would move to fill the now-vacant Supreme Court seat left after the death of Ginsburg.

The Times' memorial commended the late justice's fighting efforts to stay on the court during multiple battles with cancer.

"Through it all, she never wavered in her commitment to the court as a vehicle for a more just and more equal America. She was a dogged, tireless fighter — it was easy to imagine she might live another 20 years, battling back whatever came at her. Of course, we knew better," The New York Times editors wrote.