heartbreaking death, Having presided over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s confirmation hearings during his time in the senate, Democratic candidate for President of the United States Joe Biden quickly turned to Instagram to honor the legendary judge. “[She] stood for all of us. She fought for all of us,” Biden wrote. “As a young attorney, she persisted through every challenge that an unequal system placed in her way to change the laws of our land and lead the legal charge to advance equal rights for women… [S]he was consistently and reliably the voice that pierced to the heart of every issue, protected the constitutional rights of every American, and never failed in the fierce and unflinching defense of liberty and freedom.”
Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, and her husband Douglas Emhoff issued a joint statement via Instagram, in which they praised the trailblazer’s lifelong fight for justice and gender equality. “Justice Ginsburg was and will always be a titan,” they said. “She was a relentless defender of justice in our country and a legal mind for the ages… Justice Ginsburg was known to pose the question, ‘What is the difference between a bookkeeper in the Garment District and a Supreme Court justice?’ Her answer: ‘One generation.” She never forgot where she came from, or those who sacrificed to help her grow into the historic icon we all came to revere.”
While Ginsburg’s death will surely influence the state of American democracy for years to come, we wish her family nothing but peace and privacy as they grapple with the loss of their beloved matriarch.