Statement on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Passing

A giant has fallen.

In the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing on Friday, this nation is poorer. For all of her 87 years, Justice Ginsburg never shied away from the battles that needed to be fought—on the contrary, she went looking for them.  

In the parlance of the current day: She persisted. 

Through advancing age and infirmity, through the death of the beloved husband who supported and encouraged her throughout her remarkable career, through multiple bouts of cancer, she persisted. 

And now we must as well.  

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was always worth admiring—for her unapologetic ambition (at a time when, even more so than now, women were punished for it), for her keen mind, and for her understanding that the law must be not only an instrument of power, but also of justice.   

Her loss is all the more crushing because of where we find ourselves today: fighting against those who have ambition without ideals, cunning without wisdom, and a will to power utterly lacking in compassion.  

She was a bulwark, and now she is gone. But the torch has not been extinguished; it has been passed—to all of us. 

With her final wish, she gave us our first task: do not allow this president to replace her. She knew, as well as we do, that he is unfit for the office he holds and that he and his stand against everything she held dear.  There can be no doubt that his nominee will set about undermining everything Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for and accomplished. 

May her memory be a blessing. May her memory be a revolution. And may her memory inspire us all as we go forward to the fight.