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“And she was forced to apologize. And apologize, she did.”

Donald Trump started the debate by complaining about Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ananya Bhattacharya
By Ananya Bhattacharya

Tech reporter

Donald Trump isn’t over being dissed by Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Back in July, the justice, dubbed as the Notorious R.B.G for her candor, called the Republican candidate “a faker,” who “really has an ego,” and joked about relocating to New Zealand if he is elected. Trump lashed out, saying that she should resign—and he wasn’t the only one to criticize her for compromising her judicial independence. Ginsberg ended up apologizing for her comments a day later, calling her statements “ill-advised.”

In the third and final presidential debate tonight (Oct. 19), Trump responded to a question about the Supreme Court by bringing up Ginsberg’s criticism. ”Something happened recently where Justice Ginsburg made some very, very inappropriate statements toward me and toward a tremendous number of people, many many millions of people that I represent,” Trump said. “And she was forced to apologize. And apologize, she did.”

To some, his response came across as petty:

The latter half of his answer touched upon issues, including his commitment to upholding the Second Amendment, which Trump said is “under absolute siege,” and appointing pro-life justices who will “interpret the Constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted.”

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