Author reflects on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's influence

Jeffrey Rosen, author of "Conversations with RBG: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law," speaks on RBG's role in the court and what her death will mean going forward.
3:02 | 09/19/20

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Joining us now is Jeffrey Rosen, president of the national constitution center and author of the recent book "Conversations with rbg, justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on life, love, liberty and law." Good morning to you. Thanks for being with us this morning. Good morning. You spent a lot of time talking to her. Tell us about the Ruth Bader Ginsburg you got to know. She was the most focused, productive, empathetic hero I've ever had the privilege of knowing and it was remarkable to talk to her. In these conversations, there were long pauses between questions and the answers and you had to wait in silence because you knew she would say something extraordinary. Someone who did the best she could with the talents given her is just one example of how she used every single moment of the day for productive work so that she could help others and in the process, she conformed America. It's still stunning to think that even yesterday we had with us one of the greatest advocates for constitutional change in American history. This is one of the most significant historical figures of our time as chief justice Roberts said in his statement, but for those of us who had the great privilege of knowing her and meeting her 30 years ago as a young law clerk, we bonded and she said it took her outside of herself to think about her briefs, and she bonded with the music and inspiration for all Americans and truly important for all of to us unite around her inspirational example today of using every moment of the day productively so that you can serve something larger than yourself and in the process include the world. She was very aware of the balance of the current court and her role in that. What do you think her death means for what the court will look like going forward? Well, of course, it's a great tragedy. She passed at this polarized time and her granddaughter reports that one of her last wishes, she called it a fervent wish, that she would be replaced after the presidential election. That's because I hope that people who hear that last wish from her granddaughter will hear that about the legitimacy of the court, justice Ginsburg understood if it were to be filled the under these circumstances it would hurt the court's legitimacy and to think of it as just a political body and not knocking her legacy of maintaining the legitimacy of the court she fought so ha for. Jeff Rosen, thank you so much

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