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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Calls for Change to the Electoral College, Hyperpartisan Gridlock


United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg held a discussion on Monday at Stanford Law School in California, where she shared her opinions on the electoral system and the polarizing divides of Congress.

Ginsburg said that even though she was nominated to the Supreme Court with bipartisan support in 1993, the political conversation has deteriorated since then to the point where people are no longer focused on serving the country. There was no comment on how President Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch to take the seat Antonin Scalia left behind, though she did say that Congressional partisanship has damaged the confirmation process for justices.

I wish there were a way I could wave a magic wand and put it back when people were respectful of each other and the Congress was working for the good of the country and not just along party lines…Someday there will be great people, great elected representatives who will say ‘enough of this nonsense, let’s be the kind of legislature the United States should have.’ I hope that day will come when I’m still alive.

Ginsburg also said that the Electoral College was one thing she wanted to change, though she acknowledged how difficult it would be to ratify a constitutional amendment to do so. During the rest of the lecture, she talked about her plans for the future and her efforts for staying healthy.

Trump has expressed interest in getting rid of the Electoral College, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell convinced him not to pursue it. Trump’s election entailed a victory in the electoral college, but he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

Watch above, via KBCW.

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