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Statement from DAGA Co-Chairs on the Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Tonight, the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) released the following statements on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from Co-Chairs Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum and Executive Director Sean Rankin.

Statement from Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum, Co-Chairs of the Democratic Attorneys General Association

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer, a giant. She was a role model to women, lawyers, judges, and millions more. Justice Ginsburg’s legacy cannot be overstated and we will never give up fighting for what she devoted her life to—equality and justice for all. The days and weeks to follow will be the most consequential in our lifetimes and we must work together to follow the path Justice Ginsburg paved for us—the stakes have never been this high. We must honor her dying declaration to give her appointment to the next President. Tonight, we honor her memory. Tomorrow, we fight for her legacy.”

Statement from Sean Rankin, Executive Director of the Democratic Attorneys General Association

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg served as an a beacon of courage, inspiration, and justice for millions. And on the eve of this Presidential election—an election to remove a President that demeans women and those who look different from him—her passing and a vacant seat on the Supreme Court are already being used as a weapon by Mitch McConnell to energize a Republican base reluctant to re-elect Trump.”

“This is the shift in the political landscape that Trump hoped would come – a fight a Republican base might embrace. If you believe as we do that her legacy cannot be overstated, then you have to recommit yourself to the fights through Election Day until every mail-in ballot is counted to the Electoral College and even to Inauguration Day in order to ensure what she worked to achieve can still be achieved by others.”

“If Trump puts another of his picks on the Court, you should expect there will be fewer paths for justice than when Ginsburg pioneered her ascent.”

“These elections up and down the ballot and any Supreme Court nominating fight must all be seen as one in the same: a fight worthy of protecting what Ruth Bader Ginsburg achieved. We mourn her yes, but we honor her by redefining this fight honestly and embracing it with newfound urgency. Everything has changed, and it is up to all of us to step into her shoes, carry the weight, and never concede an inch. We do this together or we risk it all. We owe her that. We owe ourselves that. For Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”