Celebrities and political figures took to social media to express their condolences and share reactions after the news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death broke online.
Ginsburg, who was 87, is most known for her fearless defense of gender equality and women’s rights. She recently announced her cancer had returned, although she said she would remain on the Supreme Court.
She served as a Supreme Court Justice for 27 years, as one of only four women to ever serve in the position. Politicians on all sides of the political spectrum posted and dozens of celebrities mourned the United States’ loss.
Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter:
“Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG.”
Jennifer Lopez, who formed a friendship with Ginsburg in the last few years, shared some photos with RBG as a tribute.
“She was a true champion of gender equality and was a strong woman for me and all the little girls of the world to look up to,” Lopez wrote. “I will always remember what she said to us the day we met her: ‘Be the best you.’ It was simple yet profound. Thank you RBG for fighting all these years. We will honour you by continuing to fight for equality, empathy and justice for all.”
Actress Mindy Kaling also shared a sweet tribute to Ginsburg:
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the kind of scholar and patriot you get excited about explaining to your kids. The kind of person who you say ‘who knows, one day you could be HER’. I hope you rest well, RBG, you must have been tired from changing the world.”
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored. My statement: https://t.co/Wa6YcT5gDi
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us. She was an American hero, a giant of legal doctrine, and a relentless voice in the pursuit of that highest American ideal: Equal Justice Under Law. May her memory be a blessing to all people who cherish our Constitution and its promise.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 19, 2020
Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the kind of scholar and patriot you get excited about explaining to your kids. The kind of person who you say “who knows, one day you could be HER”. I hope you rest well, RBG, you must have been tired from changing the world.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) September 19, 2020
If there is a God, may She bless and keep RBG.
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) September 18, 2020
Thank you, RBG for devoting your life, love and legacy to the rule of law. What a trailblazer in every way. What an immeasurable loss in every way. We will honor you by voting to protect all that you stood for. #rbg #heartbroken
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) September 19, 2020
Thank you for a lifetime of service. Thank you for changing history. We will never let it be undone. RIP RBG. https://t.co/hmAw1Lvq9a
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) September 18, 2020
My deepest condolences to Justice Ginsberg’s loved ones. The nation mourns this loss quite deeply. #YouWereTheFairestOfThemAll
— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) September 19, 2020
The way to honor her life and her legacy is to respect her dying wish, which was to ask that her seat not be filled until a new president is sworn in. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, for all you have given us all these decades, I stand ready to fight for your final request.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 18, 2020
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American icon, leading and shining light of hope in the halls of justice – you will be missed. My condolences to your family and friends. RIP Ruth.
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) September 18, 2020
No words, only tears will do right now. God bless U Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Thank U for all U did for us. Your loss leaves a giant hole in our world and in our hearts.💔
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) September 18, 2020
Rest In Peace Ruth Bader Ginsberg. A giant. Make sure another Kavanaugh doesn't replace her. Please vote blue.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 18, 2020
Oh so sad Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away this evening so sad. She did so much for us. She will be so so missed❤️
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) September 18, 2020
Fuck 2020. In tears over here. https://t.co/Yv1LEI0z45
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) September 18, 2020
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) September 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her life in pursuit of an equal world. She fought for the unheard, and through her decisions, she changed the course of American history. We can never repay what she has given us, but we all can honor her legacy by working toward true equality, together. pic.twitter.com/lh6bioRuED
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 19, 2020
Just heard the worst news… so sad! Ruth Bader Ginsburg you will live in history forever. May you rest in peace. 😢🙏😢
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) September 19, 2020
"Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." RIP, RBG pic.twitter.com/HLtKG7qdnp
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) September 19, 2020
— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) September 18, 2020
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) September 18, 2020
I know she tried to hang on, for all our sakes. She hung in there so hard.#RBG
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 19, 2020
we will fight in your incredible honor.
thank you for fighting.
my heart is fucking broken. pic.twitter.com/TxGOs1QJb8
— Beanie Feldstein (@BeanieFeldstein) September 18, 2020