What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Said About Antonin Scalia After His Death

The notorious RBG opens up.

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia this weekend, many notable figures have come forward to eulogize him—and not all in glowing terms.

One of the most notable remarks came from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a progressive voice on the court who forged a personal friendship with Scalia, even though they often found themselves on opposite sides of a judicial issue.

Below, Ginsburg shared her thoughts on Scalia in a statement:

Toward the end of the opera Scalia/Ginsburg, tenor Scalia and soprano Ginsburg sing a duet: ’We are different, we are one,’ different in our interpretation of written texts, one in our reverence for the Constitution and the institution we serve.

From our years together at the D.C. Circuit, we were best buddies. We disagreed now and then, but when I wrote for the Court and received a Scalia dissent, the opinion ultimately released was notably better than my initial circulation. Justice Scalia nailed all the weak spots—the ’applesauce’ and ’argle bargle’—and gave me just what I needed to strengthen the majority opinion.


He was a jurist of captivating brilliance and wit, with a rare talent to make even the most sober judge laugh. The press referred to his ’energetic fervor,’ ’astringent intellect,’ ’peppery prose,’ ’acumen,’ and ’affability,’ all apt descriptions. He was eminently quotable, his pungent opinions so clearly stated that his words never slipped from the reader’s grasp.


Justice Scalia once described as the peak of his days on the bench an evening at the Opera Ball when he joined two Washington National Opera tenors at the piano for a medley of songs. He called it the famous Three Tenors performance. He was, indeed, a magnificent performer.

It was my great good fortune to have known him as working colleague and treasured friend.”

You are a much classier broad than we are, RBG.

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