President Barack Obama has mourned Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in glowing tribute as a ‘warrior for gender equality and equal justice under law.
Obama described the late as a relentless litigator and an incisive jurist who used her position in the Supreme Court to speak out on Discrimination against women based on gender.
The 44th President went down memory lane to describe how Ginsburg was rejected for being a woman after she applied to be a Supreme Court clerk at age 27.
In his condolence message, Obama and his wife Michelle thanked RDG as she is famously known within the corridors of justice for inspiring generations and for a solid legacy as the second woman to ever sit on the nation’s highest court.
“Justice Ginsburg inspired the generations who followed her, from the tiniest trick-or-treaters to law students burning the midnight oil to the most powerful leaders in the land. Michelle and I admired her greatly, we’re profoundly thankful for the legacy she left this country, and we offer our gratitude and our condolences to her children and grandchildren tonight.” Obama said.
Ginsburg died Friday aged 87.
According to the Supreme Court, Ginsburg died from complications of cancer. She was surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C.
Chief Justice John Roberts in a statement said: “Our nation has lost a justice 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.”
And even as Obama mourned the fallen Supreme Court Justice, he called on all legislators in the Senate to respect her last wishes and protect the legacy she built and fought for.
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honoured.”
Obama has called for Republican Senators to hold until the election is over before filling the vacant position left as a result of Ginsburg’s death.
“The principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in as votes are already being cast in this election.”
Already, the Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have signaled that they will ahead and debate President Trumps nominee to replace RBG, with less that six weeks before November 3 elections.
On Friday moments after Ginsburg death, McConnell said: “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”