Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg agreed in an interview Tuesday night that sexism was a “major, major factor” in Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump last November.
Appearing before an audience at New York City’s 92nd St. Y, Ginsburg was asked by CBS journalist Charlie Rose whether she thought sexism played a role in the presidential election results.
“I have no doubt that it did,” Ginsburg replied.
Was it the decisive factor, he asked . . . meaning that if Clinton were a man, would she have won “going away?”
“There are so many things that might have been decisive,” Ginsburg responded. “But that was a major, major factor.”
In interviews in summer 2016, Ginsburg bemoaned the idea that Trump might be elected, saying she worried about what it would mean for the Supreme Court and for the country. Trump responded that she had overstepped boundaries and should retire.
Ginsburg later issued a statement saying she regretted commenting on the election, and she has declined to answer questions about Trump since then.
Ginsburg, 84, begins her 25th term on the court Monday.
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