Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg claimed Sunday that “sexism” and a “macho atmosphere” contributed to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election loss.
Ginsburg, speaking at a Columbia University Women’s Conference event, was asked to elaborate on remarks she made in September, claiming that “sexism” played a major role in the 2016 election.
“I think it was difficult for Hillary Clinton to get by even the macho atmosphere prevailing during that campaign, and she was criticized in a way I think no man would have been criticized,” Ginsburg said.
“I think anyone who watched that campaign unfold would answer it the same way I did: Yes, sexism played a prominent part,” she added.
Ginsburg was a vocal critic of Donald Trump during the 2016 election season, calling him an egotistic “faker” with “no consistency.”
Trump called out Ginsburg’s remarks on Twitter, saying she made “very dumb political statements” and that she should resign.
Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2016
Ginsburg later released a statement apologizing for her “ill-advised” remarks about Trump.
“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised, and I regret making them,” Ginsburg said at the time. “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future, I will be more circumspect.”
The 84-year-old justice said as of January that she does not plan on retiring in the near future.