Congressman Al Green’s Statement on the Passing of Justice Ginsburg and the Crossroads Our Nation Approaches in Selecting a Successor

Sep 19, 2020

(Houston, TX) – On Saturday, September 19, 2020, Congressman Al Green released the following statement:           

“Last night, we learned of the loss of a trailblazing activist attorney whose legacy as a voice for liberty and justice for all will endure the test of time, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. For decades, she was unwavering in the fight for gender equity and lent her voice to much-needed judicial change for the social justice movement. She had the courage to be a catalyst for women’s rights in a male-dominated justice system that seeks to maintain an unjust status quo. Her ability to challenge and change the status quo for the good of all will be missed,” Congressman Al Green stated.  

“However, as we mourn Justice Ginsburg’s untimely passing and memorialize her by reflecting on her many accomplishments, we would be remiss if we failed to acknowledge the crossroads our country now approaches in selecting her successor,” the Houston-area Congressman expressed. “The next SCOTUS appointee could determine the fate of social justice for generations to come. We cannot allow a partisan power game by the President to cause our nation to lose.”

“In President Trump’s world, winning trumps everything. Winning trumps liberty and justice for all. Winning trumps government of the people, by the people, for the people. Winning trumps bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice. Winning trumps honesty, integrity, & decency. Winning by any means possible is the only thing that matters, even if it means weaponizing racism, anti-Semitism Islamophobia, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, and separating babies from their parents.”

Congressman Green concluded, “In President Trump’s world, when it comes to winning, the only rule is, there are no rules. In President Trump’s world, we are all pawns in his game of power. The question is: will we allow ourselves to be pawns or people with a constitution that protects the rights of all Americans?”