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Sexism was a ‘major, major factor’ in Clinton’s loss to Trump, Justice Ginsburg says

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reacts to applause at the Georgetown University Law Center campus in Washington on Sept. 20. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg agreed in an interview Tuesday night sexism was a “major, major factor” in Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump last November.

Appearing before an audience at New York City’s 92nd St. Y, Ginsburg was asked by CBS journalist Charlie Rose whether she thought sexism played a role in the presidential election results.

Did Ginsburg cross a line in her criticism of Donald Trump?

“I have no doubt that it did,” Ginsburg replied.

Was it the decisive factor, he asked . . . meaning if Clinton were a man, would she have won “going away?”

“There are so many things that might have been decisive,” Ginsburg responded. “But that was a major, major factor.”

In interviews in summer 2016, Ginsburg bemoaned the idea Trump might be elected, saying she worried about what it would mean for the Supreme Court and for the country. Trump responded she had overstepped boundaries and should retire.

Ginsburg expresses ‘regret’ for remarks criticizing Trump

Ginsburg later issued a statement saying she regretted commenting on the election, and she has declined to answer questions about Trump since then.

Ginsburg, 84, begins her 25th term on the court Monday.