Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg weighed in on the
reactions to President Donald Trump’s first month in office in
two interviews published Thursday.
who called Trump a “faker” in the throes of a bitter
election, had more critical words for the Trump administration —
though she avoided calling the president out by name.
During an NPR-moderated event in Washington, Ginsburg hinted at
Trump’s travel ban, touting what she said “makes America great
… the idea of our nation being receptive to all people,
welcoming all people.”
The outspoken justice also called up the importance of the US
Constitution, saying, “For the most part, those are our ideals,
our treasured First Amendment and the notion that in our nation,
we are many and yet we are one,” giving a hat tip to freedom of
In an earlier
interview with the BBC, Ginsburg used President Richard Nixon
as an example, saying: “I lived in the famous Watergate. That
story might never have come out if we didn’t have the free
press.” The Watergate scandal led to Nixon’s 1974 resignation.
When asked why she was so passionate about the free press,
Ginsburg responded: “I read The Washington Post and The New York
Times every day … I think that the reporters are trying to tell
the public the way things are.”