Justice Ginsburg spoke in Rhode Island about nation’s divide, saying it’s one of her greatest fears

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – In Providence, the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is felt across the community and so is the weight of the nomination to fill her seat.

Senator Reed and Senator Whitehouse spoke out following Justice Ginsburg’s death and the rallies held over the weekend in Providence calling on them to delay President Trump’s pick.

In a joint statement, the Senators said in part, “The 2020 election is already underway and the U.S. Senate should not and must not confirm a new justice until the American people have their say.  Never before in U.S. history has the Senate confirmed a Supreme Court nominee this late in an election year.  We will do all we can to ensure the next justice is justly chosen by the next President and gets a fair hearing in the next Congress.”

They also added, “While some want to ram this nomination through under the cover of a pandemic on the eve of an election – even if it harms the foundation of the Court itself and further divides our nation – we dissent.  And like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we will fight despite the odds.”

The fear of the nation’s divide was echoed herself by Justice Ginsburg when she spoke at Roger Williams University School of Law in 2018. Her visit fell on the same day as President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

Justice Ginsburg skipped the Presidential Address to make a trip to Rhode Island for a conversation with law students in a fireside chat with U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Bruce Selya.

During the conversation, Ginsburg spoke about the nation’s divide and her fear for politics seeping into the judiciary.

“I think it will take great leaders on both sides of the aisle to say lets stop this nonsense and start working for our country the way we should,” Justice Ginsburg said. “One of my great fears for the judiciary is the public will get the impression the federal courts are just another political branch of government. We can expect them to divide on party lines just like congress does.”

Justice Ginsburg also made a few other stops to the Ocean State. In 2002, she was the commencement speaker at Brown University and in 2018, she spoke at Temple Beth El Providence.

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