Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US 'not experiencing the best of times'

Justice Ginsburg, in her own words

But she said, "We are not experiencing the best times".

The liberal U.S. Supreme Court justice, who past year called then-candidate Trump a "faker", hailed the country as one made great by immigration, diversity and free speech, and suggested the U.S. was losing sight of some of its core values. "That story might never have come out if we didn't have the free press that we do".

In an interview on the BBC's "Newsnight" broadcast, Ginsburg noted that Justice John Paul Stevens was 90 when he retired and said: "So I have a way to go".

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". That was a time when "anyone who wasn't born and bred in the U.S. was considered an outcast", she said.

The 83-year-old justice did not comment directly on President Donald Trump, but said she was encouraged by the massive women's march in Washington, the day after his inauguration January 20, when demonstrators protested his election victory. After all (hint, hint), she reminded her interviewers, their coverage of the Watergate scandal led to the resignation of President Nixon.




In July, she criticized Trump in three separate media interviews.

But bad-mouthing the very country where she occupies one of the highest constitutional appointments in the land is of course nothing new for Justice Ginsburg. "I think that the reporters are trying to tell the public the way things are". "What will be next year?" she said.

She also signaled, without much attempt at evasion, that she is no fan of the Trump administration.

Some Senate Democrats have floated the idea of blocking Gorsuch's confirmation, after Republican members of the Senate refused to give former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaGinsburg: Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is "very easy to get along with" Ivanka, Kushner pushed to strike climate deal criticism from executive order: report Pence: Democrats" Obamacare promises were "fake news' MORE's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a hearing past year. "For the court, it could be - I don't even want to contemplate that". He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. Here's a quick rundown of what the two have said.

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