Ginsburg was the only woman in her first-year class at Harvard Law School before transferring to Columbia. Ginsburg’s potential was evident immediately. A former classmate recalled telling colleagues, upon the retirement of Justice Byron White in 1993: “If [President] Clinton has any brains he’ll nominate Ginsburg.”
As noted by Breitbart News, “Ginsburg was one of the Court’s stalwart liberals, and became known — and admired — as much for her physical tenacity as her ideological consistency,” and was well-liked by her conservative colleagues. She and late Justice Antonin Scalia enjoyed a famous friendship before his passing. She was less well known for her judicial opinions (often in the dissenting minority) than for controversial outside comments on constitutional law, jurisprudence, and occasionally politics.
Upon learning of her passing, President Trump said, “She led an amazing life, what else can you say? She was an amazing woman, whether you agreed or not. She was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. I’m actually saddened to hear that.”