U.S. Supreme Court

Ginsburg says she would like to change the Electoral College


Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave some revealing answers Monday evening when she was questioned at a Stanford University appearance about what she would like to change, and who should be eating more kale.

“There are some things that I would like to change, one is the Electoral College,” Ginsburg said, “but that would require a constitutional amendment and amending our Constitution is powerfully hard to do.” Among the publications covering her appearance are CNN, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle and CBS.

Ginsburg had criticized Donald Trump when he was running for president, but later apologized for her remarks. Trump lost to Hillary Clinton in the popular vote but won in the Electoral College.

One student who asked a question noted that many Ginsburg supporters are urging her to “eat more kale” so she can continue her work on the court. Ginsburg, 83, is the oldest justice on the court. The student asked Ginsburg who in Washington she would like to eat more kale.

“Justice Kennedy,” Ginsburg replied. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, known as a swing voter, is the other octogenarian on the court. Some reports have speculated that Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court was intended to send a message to Kennedy that he can retire without fears about his replacement. Gorsuch was a former Kennedy clerk.

Ginsburg also called for a return to civil discourse, according to the Chronicle account. “I wish there were a way I could wave a magic wand and put it back when people were respectful of each other, and [government] was working for the good of the country, and not just along party lines,” she said.

Highlights from Ginsburg’s speech:


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