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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Forgets Constitution, Audience Awkwardly Helps Her

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Forgets Constitution, Audience Awkwardly Helps Her

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg forgot what the 14th Amendment said during an awkward interview. The eldest of the current SCOTUS appointees moves to retrieve a pocket version of the Constitution from her purse, however, she’s unable to find it. A man assists Justice Ginsburg by handing her his own pocket Constitution.

Justice Ginsburg mumbles out of mild frustration over both not being able to locate her pocket Constitution, as well as not being able to recall what the 14th Amendment is. During her search for a Constitution, Ginsburg says “there is a problem with the 14th Amendment.”

The incident, which happened last August while she was being interviewed at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument regarding women’s rights, has many concerned on a day following Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court appointment.

Ginsburg is asked about the “ERA,” or the Equal Rights Amendment, which is where things seem to fall apart.

“So you’ve written a few articles over the years about the need for the ERA … and you’ve of course noted that the ERA would give the Supreme Court a more secure handle in its support for equality,” said Jill C. Morrison, Executive Director of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship at Georgetown Law.

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“But as you mentioned, as both a litigator and in your time on the court, you’ve actually built precedent in that area,” Morrison continued. “So could you explain why you believe that the ERA is still as needed today as it ever was?”

Ginsburg is currently 85.

Here’s the video.

Author: Jim Satney

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