Apple CEO Tim Cook praises Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the occasion of her death

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, died at her home in Washington D.C. on Friday. She was 87.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The cause of death was complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer, the Supreme Court said.

U.S. President Trump was informed of Ginsburg’s death by reporters after a campaign rally in Minnesota. In brief remarks to reporters before boarding the Air Force One following the Minnesota rally, Trump said, “She just died? Wow… She led an amazing life. What else can you say? She was an amazing woman, whether you agreed or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. I’m actually sad to hear that. I am sad to hear that.”


Apple CEO Tim Cook paid tribute to Ginsburg via Twitter:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her life in pursuit of an equal world. She fought for the unheard, and through her decisions, she changed the course of American history. We can never repay what she has given us, but we all can honor her legacy by working toward true equality, together.Apple CEO Tim Cook


The Supreme Court of the United States issued the following statement:

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87 years old. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years. She is survived by her two children: Jane Carol Ginsburg (George Spera) and James Steven Ginsburg (Patrice Michaels), four grandchildren: Paul Spera (Francesca Toich), Clara Spera (Rory Boyd), Miranda Ginsburg, Abigail Ginsburg, two step-grandchildren: Harjinder Bedi, Satinder Bedi, and one great-grandchild: Lucrezia Spera. Her husband, Martin David Ginsburg, died in 2010.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said of Justice Ginsburg: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Justice Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959–1961. From 1961–1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was a Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963–1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977–1978. In 1971, she was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. During her more than 40 years as a Judge and a Justice, she was served by 159 law clerks.

While on the Court, the Justice authored “My Own Words” (2016), a compilation of her speeches and writings.

A private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.


U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.

Justice Ginsburg overcame one personal challenge and professional barrier after another. She climbed from a modest Brooklyn upbringing to a seat on our nation’s highest court and into the pages of American history. Justice Ginsburg was thoroughly dedicated to the legal profession and to her 27 years of service on the Supreme Court. Her intelligence and determination earned her respect and admiration throughout the legal world, and indeed throughout the entire nation, which now grieves alongside her family, friends, and colleagues.

In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.

By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.

President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.


MacDailyNews Take: R.I.P., Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

128 Comments

    1. I was listening tonight to an interview with the VP of the Heritage Foundation, a very conservative institution. His take was that RBG and her dear friend Antonio Scalia were the two most influential legal authorities so far in our century. As he put it, Ginsburg was as significant for establishing the legal rights of American women as Thurgood Marshall was for African-Americans.

      As President Lincoln observed when Grant’s detractors griped about his drinking, perhaps all of us should be drinking what RBG did, rather than living sober and completely inconsequential lives.

  1. If RBG were smart she would have resigned during the Obama administration in order to allow Obama to appoint a successor. At the end of the Obama years RBG was already 83 years old and already had cancer. It was kind-of arrogant for her to think that a no younger person appointed by Obama could do the job — and maybe live 30 years more. The result of RBG decision to die-in-the-saddle is that Trump will appoint her successor. Bad choice, Ruth!

  2. Funny how Timmy didn’t post a long remembrance on Scalia when he died?!?! Oh yeah, leftists don’t think there should be any opposing views on the court.

    I’ve realized if Timmy is for it, it has to be wrong.

  3. The USSC generally rules against Apple. I don’t want it to become even more vindictive with the addition of yet another Rightwinger. And I hope that the otherwise milktoast Dems wage a fight for Progressive values as tenaciously as Rightwingers fight for one of their Regressive. I admire Rightwingers for their gutsy strength.
    In the end, however, there is not much of a difference between the two major Capitalist parties. Both have no qualms about going hat-in-hand to the wealthy donor class for money with which they need to finance their overly-costly election campaigns, in turn accept the laws as written by them, but at least Rightwingers are up front about it.
    So I expect Senate Democrats to cave just as they are caving now, and ACTUALLY play right into Trump’s hands, by approving his federal judicial nominees, something that just happened this week with only 4 Democrats voting no.

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