Former Vice President Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Thursday (Sept. 14).While appearing on ABC’s This Week, the former VP said, “It’s sort of a slap in the face … I think it’s a blow to every woman that felt qualified to be on the Supreme Court because of it.” Biden added that the new justice replacing Ginsburg is “one of the best and most progressive justices on the court, and not everybody will like her, but people feel compelled to find a judge like her and go to the polls.”
President Trump also responded. “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the 5-4 liberals for the final time to uphold the Constitution, which should have been a green light for all other executive branch abuses of power!” he tweeted.Biden, however, disagreed. “I thought Justice Ginsburg was one of the greatest justices who ever sat on the Supreme Court,” he said. “I thought she was a perfect choice. She was just one of the great justices who’s ever been on this Court.” Meanwhile, Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered a missive to his colleagues from the White House. “The Constitution is sacred, and most of us have a duty to safeguard it, and protect the fidelity to it that we feel we owe to that sacred document,” he said. “So tonight is a sad day for the Court.” Meanwhile, a second round of mixed reactions came after Justice Ginsburg’s death. Her son sent an Instagram post after her passing. “My love for her is limitless and I love her to the best of my ability.”
Ginsburg, 80, died at her home in New York City at 5:47 p.m. ET on Thursday. She was the oldest woman to sit on the Supreme Court.
Watch highlights below.BREAKING: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at age 80 after a long battle with cancer. http://t.co/quOOzbn4UX pic.twitter.com/u5QJ9a5pmQ — The New York Times (@nytimes) September 14, 2016 https://twitter.com/laurenc… lodestar: I don’t have a hero, but Justice Ginsburg was an idol to me. pic.twitter.com/NGtBLkCdlR — Paul Manning (@paulmanner) September 14, 2016 Justice Ginsburg’s departure will be announced in real time via livestream @CBS #CBSThisMorning pic.twitter.com/VEjwgzC9vK — This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) September 14, 2016 to us, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was to the very core of our values. One who had the courage to serve one country. https://t.co/r6MJtH8Omf — Ron Reagan (@RonReagan) September 14, 2016 Boehner hits back at Biden in post: “obviously, if you’re not comfortable with what we did, you should resign. We’re one united family” — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 14, 2016 BREAKING: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan immediately called Biden’s statement “offensive” and “incredibly false” pic.twitter.com/TH5Vd9kJMU — CBS News (@CBSNews) September 14, 2016 According to Matt, Ginsburg’s final court vote was 6-2 (Justice Kennedy voted with six liberals). CNN https://t.co/1cM1kLmQ2q — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 14, 2016 BREAKING: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh leaves this morning’s hearing after hearing from Judge John Roberts. — CBS News (@CBSNews) September 14, 2016 BREAKING: The Court is deeply saddened to hear the news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. — Dan Rather (@DanRather) September 14, 2016