On Wednesday night, Supreme Court justice and heralded liberal and feminist hero Ruth Bader Ginsburg called her colleague Justice Brett Kavanaugh a “very decent” person as she talked about the “dysfunction” that surrounds the confirmation process for new justices, according to Business Insider.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings were extremely dramatic, as he faced allegations of sexual misconduct from numerous women that nearly derailed his appointment to the highest court in the U.S.
Ginsburg was taking part in a question and answer session with Duke Law professor Neil Siegel at an event for prospective law students at Duke University. The Q&A came after she delivered a speech on the 2018 Supreme Court terms and the late Justice John Paul Stevens.
During the Q&A, Siegel said to RBG:
“nominees for the Supreme Court are not chosen primarily anymore for independence, legal ability, [and] personal decency, and I wonder if that’s a loss for all of us.”
Ginsburg replied, defending both Kavanaugh and new colleague Justice Neil Gorsuch.
“My two newest colleagues are very decent, very smart individuals,” Ginsburg said.
She said the confirmation process for both was “far too divisive” and said that despite the fact that she was a “flaming feminist” in 1993, she was still confirmed by a 96-3 vote and the process was far smoother.
Ginsburg, in September, called Kavanaugh’s confirmation a “highly partisan show,” adding that her hope is that “patriots on both sides of the aisle” reject the dysfunction of the current confirmation process.