Better days will come, Ginsburg says in interview
- Author: Archie Newman Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 0:29
"I am optimistic in the long run", she said.
"I will do this job as long as I can do it full speed, and when I can't, that'll be the time I will step down", Ginsburg said. "So yes, we are not experiencing the best times, but there is reason to hope that we will see a better day". "There was no violence, it was orderly", she said.
"Some awful things have happened in the United States, but one can only hope that we learn from those bad things", she added, citing the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II as an example.
Ginsburg was nominated to the court by former President Bill Clinton and is considered a liberal.
"I am the beneficiary myself of my father being able to leave the Old World where the conditions were not good to come here and make a living and raise a family", Ginsburg said.
"Think of what the press has done in the United States", she said, referencing Watergate.
Ginsburg tells the BBC's "Newsnight" program in an interview Thursday that she reads The Washington Post and The New York Times every day, and that "reporters are trying to tell the public the truth". "It took a long time for the United States to realize how terrible it was".
"What is important is that we have a free press, which many countries don't have", Ginsburg told BBC.
Ginsburg also defended the free press, the target of repeated attacks from the president, who has called the media "the enemy of the American People". At the time, she referred to Trump as a "faker" with a big ego, CBS News noted.
Ginsburg has earned the nickname "Notorious RBG" for never being shy about granting interviews or speaking her mind.
She never mentioned Trump by name, but her implication was clear: Trump views the media as his foe and constantly works to delegitimize it; the injustice of internment mirrors his consistent demonization of Muslims with the stated goal of stopping the spread of terrorism. She stressed the pendulum shifts of history, and predicted that "we will preserve both of those - the right to think as we believe, not as Big Brother tells us", and a commitment to "welcome our neighbors" and celebrate diversity. "And we look like we are here to stay", she said, noting that anyone who has observed her arguments knows that her colleagues Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan "are not shrinking violets".