With many grandstandings from Democratic senators and over 200 protesters arrested during Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lamented on how people acted.
Ginsburg pointed to the way she was confirmed, saying it was “truly bipartisan.”
“I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was,” she said.
"The way it was was right. The way it is is wrong," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg weighs in on the #SCOTUS confirmation process. #IWlaw #ConfirmKavanaugh #BrettKavanaugh @senjudiciary pic.twitter.com/xo9dVDvMbq
— IWV (@IWV) September 13, 2018
Justice Ginsburg (visiting @gwlaw) contrasts her confirmation process to Kavanaugh’s, says it was “truly bipartisan” back then. “The way it was was right. The way it is is wrong… I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was.” #RBG
— Amy B Wang (@amybwang) September 12, 2018
“The vote on my confirmation was 96-3, even though I had spent about 10 years of my life litigating cases under the auspices of the ACLU,” Ginsburg continued. “No senator asked me any questions, not about that.”
Most notably, during Kavanaugh’s hearings, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said he was breaking Senate rules by releasing sensitive emails without getting prior approval, which could have resulted in his expulsion from the Senate.
“This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,’” Booker said.
Booker’s claim, however, was proven false because the documents were approved to be released.
“We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker’s histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could the documents publicly. In fact, we have said yes to every request made by the Senate Democrats to make documents public,” Bill Burck, former President George W. Bush’s records representative, said.