Justice Ginsburg decries ‘polarization,’ lack of cooperation in D.C.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made a rare public statement on Thursday that appeared to take a shot at the ongoing and highly contentious impeachment trial. 

Although Ginsburg did not mention the impeachment specifically, during an awards ceremony at the LBJ Foundation, Ginsburg took it upon herself to call out the current state of “dysfunction” in Washington.

“Now we’ve seen the high degree of polarization in recent years,” Ginsburg said.

“Yes, that’s true… My hope is that someday there will be patriots on both sides of the aisle who are determined to stop the dysfunction we are now experiencing and will decide that their institutional government should work for the benefit of all of the people.”

Looking to the future, the 86-year-old justice said that her fear for the next decade is that the polarization will continue, and her  “greatest hope is that it will end.”

Ginsburg contrasted the quarrelsome nature of D.C. politics with her experience on the Supreme Court, calling it the “most collegial place I have ever worked.”

“Every day before we confer on cases, we go around the conference room, each justice shakes hands with every other, and that’s the way of saying ‘Yes, you circulated a pretty spicy dissent yesterday’ … but we’re all in this together and we know that the institution we serve is ever so much more important than our individual egos. So to make it work, we have to not just tolerate but genuinely appreciate each other,” Ginsburg explained.

Ginsburg’s comments came on the same day that her colleague, Chief Justice John Roberts, was attacked by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during the question-and-answer period of the impeachment trial.

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