Ruth Bader Ginsburg: America is great because 'it is receptive to all people'

The Supreme Court Justice said women make a "great difference" on the court.

— -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a large crowd that had gathered to see her Thursday that the U.S. is not at its best right now because "we are not as mindful of what makes America great."

She went on to say that what makes America great is “the right to speak one’s mind” and the “idea of our nation being receptive to all people, welcoming all people."

"Yes, we've had times in U.S. history like the time of the 'America First' movement, when anyone who wasn’t born and bred in the USA was considered an outcast. But for the most part those are our ideals - the treasured First Amendment and the notion that in our nation we are many and yet we are one,” Ginsburg said.

In his inaugural speech, Trump promised to put “America first,” noting that "every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families."

Ginsburg said that despite the current climate she remains optimistic about the future of what she said will be a welcoming America, noting that she benefited from being the child of immigrants.

She also said that she has no second thoughts on her decision not to retire during the Obama administration in order to ensure a liberal justice could be appointed.

“I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam. And when I can’t, that will be the time to step down,” she said.

"I know him I've worked with him. And I think he's very easy to get along with. He writes very well," she said to laughter from the crowd.

“It is really beyond extraordinary that I’m 84 years old and everyone wants to take a picture with me,” she said of the nickname, which is a spoof on the stage name of the late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. “We have a lot in common, we were both born and bred in Brooklyn, N.Y.”

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