‘I just can’t stop crying’
The Supreme Court became an impromptu shrine for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 19.

‘I just can’t stop crying’

A swirl of reactions on social media from local people reacting to the death of a feminist icon — and contemplating the political aftermath

Ann Braden

Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she wanted to be remembered as someone “who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has.”

I wonder if it's possible to cry all the way until election day. To cry while we fight for every inch of justice there is.

We may think of her as a superhero, but the way she described her power with this quote shows how accessible that kind of approach is for all of us.

Dan Thies

My hot take: Let the bastards try to replace RBG before the election. It'll be a political disaster for them.

Biden will win the White House, Dems will take the Senate, and we'll pack the courts (and the Senate via D.C. and Puerto Rico statehood) in 2021.

Julie Lineberger

Last night, it was important for me to redirect my thoughts to all the magnificent work, the amazing energy we know RBG accomplished in her life for the positive evolution of our society. I am now focusing on the inspiration and motivation her very existence can bring to what I, in my small way, can attempt.

Mary Barber

I wish I were in D.C. to join all those people at the U.S.Supreme Court memorializing RBG!

Two presidents had the moral character to not appoint when there was a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court close to a presidential election: Lincoln and Johnson.

Take back the Senate and then, in January, the Congress can expand the number of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. The process was hijacked under Obama - it's time to make it fair and take it back. This vote counts more than ever.

Vote blue.

Get Biden elected.

Tony Duncan

With the greatest Supreme Court justice in decades dying, will people get off their asses and prevent a fascist from being re-elected?

Kathryn Turnas

I just can't stop crying. This is going to be a blow against justice. We all know that the election results will be challenged and with a stacked Supreme Court, Donald Trump will still be in office until it is decided.

Please tell me there is still hope.

Tracy Donahue

My friend Maureen Miller wrote: “Repeat after me, every single day until it is so: 'The next Supreme Court [justice] will be nominated and approved in 2021 by President Biden.'”

This thought echoes my focus right now.

I'll also add: Seek out women, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC educators, small-business owners, artists, leaders and politicians every single day of your life.

Know their value, and pay them what they are worth.

Do this until there are nine of us/them serving on the Supreme Court, and/or until we don't need to sway the pendulum anymore.

Never forget.

Tom Bedell

Mitch McConnell will likely soon be giving a stunning demonstration of utter hypocrisy. To seat another Supreme Court Justice now with fewer than two months until the election, after killing Merrick Garland's nomination with 10 months before the last election, will be a sickening outrage.

Melanie Boese

I sure wish people could take a hot second to mourn a great loss.

Melissa Swim

A friend gave me this little RBG shortly after I was diagnosed with cancer.

She was a good luck charm. She came to every surgery, every treatment, every scary time after.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired my love of the law.

She was a tiny giant who changed the lives of women in this country forever.

The world has lost a bright little light and a fierce defender of the rule of law and the business of equality for all.

Rest in peace, my heroine.

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