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>>> HUGE TURNOUT FOR EARLY VOTING TODAY IN FOUR STATES, PEOPLE WAITING IN LINE FOR HOURS TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS IN PERSON AS PRESIDENT TRUMP AND JOE BIDEN BOTH CAMPAIGN IN THE MINNESOTA BATTLEGROUND >>> A FIREFIGHTER KILLED BATTLING THE WILDFIRES IN THE WEST AND COULD A COUPLE NOW FACE CHARGES AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THEIR BABY’S SEX SPARKED A WILDFIRE >>> THE CLOCK IS TICKING FOR TIKTOK SO WHAT’S BEHIND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S BANNING OF THE WILDLY POPULAR SOCIAL MEDIA APP? AND WHY THIS SUNDAY’S EMMY AWARDS ARE THE MOST DIVERSE YET, WHY WHEN IT COMES TO REPRESENTATION THERE’S STILL WORK TO DO >>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE, I’M LIN LINSEY DAVIS THANKS SO MUCH FOR STREAMING WITH US 200,000 THAT’S THE GRIM AND TRAGIC MILESTONE THE COUNTRY IS EXPECTED TO REACH THIS WEEKEND A STUNNING NUMBER OF LIVES LOST TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND TOMORROW MARKS SIX MONTHS SINCE THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCED THE FIRST STAY AT HOME ORDERS IT’S BEEN A SERIES OF FITS AND STARTS SINCE THEN, MUCH OF THE COUNTRY REOPENING, BUT THEN FORCED TO SCALE BACK AS COVID CASES ROSE OVER THE SUMMER AND AS WE ENTER FALL, THE FEARS OF ANOTHER WAVE COMBINED WITH THE FLU SEASON IS CERTAINLY A VERY REAL CONCERN TODAY PRESIDENT TRUMP WENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE PODIUM AND ONCE AGAIN QUESTIONED THE GUIDANCE OF HIS MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC EXPERTS, TOUTING THAT A VACCINE IS ON ITS WAY IN A MATTER OF WEEKS AND THAT ALL AMERICANS WILL HAVE ACCESS BY THIS SPRING THAT IS THE CDC ONCE AGAIN MAKES A MAJOR REVERSAL ON ITS GUIDANCE ON WHO SHOULD GET TESTED FOR THE VIRUS AFTER REPORTS OF EARLIER RECOMMENDATIONS WERE WRITTEN BY POLITICAL APPOINTEES AND NOT BY SCIENTISTS JONATHAN KARL IS TRACKING IT ALL FOR US AND STARTS USA YOU HAVE >> WITH AMERICANS ALREADY LINING UP TO VOTE AND POLLS SHOWING MOST DISAPPROVE OF HOW HE’S HANDLED CORONAVIRUS, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS BANKING ON A VACCINE TO BOOST HIS CAMPAIGN >> WE ESSENTIALLY HAVE IT WE’LL BE ANNOUNCING IT VERY SOON >> EXPERTS SAY IT WON’T BE WIDELY AVAILABLE UNTIL NEXT YEAR BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GIVING THE IMPRESSION IT’S RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER >> THE ADMINISTRATION WILL DELIVER IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IMMEDIATELY, DISTRIBUTION WILL BEGIN WITHIN 24 HOURS >> Reporter: THE PRESIDENT ACKNOWLEDGED MOST AMERICANS WON’T BE ABLE TO GET THE VACCINE UNTIL APRIL, EARLIER THIS WEEK HE LASHED OUT WHEN CDC DIRECTOR DR. ROBERT REDFIELD TOLD CONGRESS IT PROBABLY WON’T BE WIDELY AVAILABLE UNTIL MONTHS LATER >> HOW IS IT THAT YOU DON’T TRUST YOUR OWN EXPERTS? DO YOU THINK YOU KNOW BETTER THAN — >> NO, I THINK — YEAH, IN MANY CASES I DO >> THERE ARE CLEAR INDICATIONS THE WHITE HOUSE HAS PRESSURED THE CDC TO KEEP ITS STATEMENTS ABOUT THE VIRUS IN LINE WITH WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS LESS THAN A MONTH AGO THE CDC PUT OUT GUIDANCE SAYING THAT EVEN IF YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO SOMEBODY WITH THE VIRUS, QUOTE, YOU DO NOT NECESSARILY NEED A TEST IF YOU DON’T HAVE SYMPTOMS MEDICAL EXPERTS WERE PUZZLED “THE NEW YORK TIMES” REPORTED THE GUIDANCE WAS ISSUED OVER THE OBJECTION OF THE CDC’S OWN SCIENTISTS AND TODAY THE CDC ABRUPTLY REVERSED ITSELF SAYING FLATLY, YOU NEED A TEST IF YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19 IT’S WHAT CDC EXPERTS HAD BEEN SAYING FOR MONTHS >> THEY SEEM TO BE REVERTING BACK TO THAT ORIGINAL GUIDANCE JONATHAN KARL JOINS US THE PRESIDENT TODAY ALSO QUESTIONED THE EXPERTISE OF HIS OWN FBI DIRECTOR FOLLOWING HIS CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY ON THREATS FACING THE U.S WHAT DID HE HAVE TO SAY? >> TWO MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH WHAT CHRISTOPHER WRAY, THE FBI DIRECTOR TOLD CONGRESS ON ONE HAND CHRISTOPHER WRAY TOLD CONGRESS THAT RUSSIA IS WORKING VERY MUCH TO INTERFERE WITH OUR ELECTION, IT’S A BIG THREAT, A BIG CONCERN AND HE ALSO SAID THAT IN TERMS OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM IN THIS COUNTRY THAT THE BIGGEST THREAT COMES FROM RACIALLY MOTIVATED VIOLENCE, ESPECIALLY FROM WHITE

SUPREMACIST GROUPS THE PRESIDENT SEES THE BIGGEST THREAT IN TERMS OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE NOT BEING RUSSIA BUT BEING CHINA AND THE BIGGEST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THREAT BEING ANTIFA AND LEFT WING GROUPS HE MADE IT VERY CLEAR HE DISAGREED WITH CHRIS WRAY ON BOTH THESE POINTS WHICH LED SOME REPORTERS TO ASK WHETHER OR NOT HE IS CONSIDERING REPLACING CHRIS WRAY AS THE FBI DIRECTOR HE DIDN’T GIVE A DIRECT ANSWER, JUST SAYING WE ARE LOOKING INTO A LOT OF THINGS >> OKAY, ALL RIGHT JONATHAN KARL REPORTING IN FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, THANKS, JOHN >>> TO THE NEW STAGE OF THE 2020 RACE’S EARLY VOTING KICKS OFF IN SEVERAL STATES AND WITH ALL THE CONCERN ABOUT MAIL-IN BALLOTS THERE WAS AN HOURS LONG WAIT TO VOTE IN PERSON IN FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA TODAY, STILL MORE THAN SIX WEEKS BEFORE ELECTION DAY ANOTHER EARLY VOTING STATE KICKING OFF TODAY, THE BATTLEGROUND OF MINNESOTA, WITH JOE BIDEN AND PRESIDENT TRUMP HOLDING DUELLING CAMPAIGN EVENTS THERE ABC’S MARY BRUCE HAS THE LATEST >> Reporter: TONIGHT IN THE MIDST OF THIS BITTER CAMPAIGN, WITH THEIR LIVES UPENDED BY THE PANDEMIC FOR THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS IT’S FINALLY TIME TO VOTE >> I AM VOTING RIGHT HERE NOT MOVING UNTIL I VOTE >> Reporter: IN VIRGINIA ONE OF FOUR STATES WHERE EARLY VOTING STARTED TODAY, EAGER VOTERS WAITING UP TO FOUR HOURS IN THIS NEVER-ENDING SOCIALLY DISTANCED LINE MASKS ON >> YOU BROUGHT SNACKS >> Reporter: RAPHAEL TELLS US THIS YEAR HE’S TAKING NO CHANCES WHY COME OUT TODAY, ON THE FIRST DAY, YOU DO HAVE SIX MORE WEEKS TO VOTE, WHY NOW? >> THIS IS 2020 ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN THE SOONER, THE BETTER >> Reporter: WITH THE PRESIDENT SOWING DOUBT ABOUT MAIL-IN VOTING AND CONCERNS OVER DELAYS AT THE POST OFFICE HE DECIDED TO SHOW UP IN PERSON >> DID YOU CONSIDER AT ALL VOTING BY MAIL TO AVOID COMING AND STANDING IN THIS LINE? >> NO >> NO, NOT EVEN FOR A SECOND >> TOO MANY SHENANIGANS >> Reporter: 32 STATES AND WASHINGTON, D.C. HAVE MADE CHANGES TO MAKE IT EASIER TO VOTE IN THE PANDEMIC 12 STATES HAVE ALREADY STARTED SENDING MAIL-IN BALLOTS IN THE KEY BATTLEGROUND OF MINNESOTA STEVE O’ROURKE TODAY DECIDED TO VOTE EARLY >> EITHER BEATING THE CROWDS ON NOVEMBER 3rd OR WRITING IN I KNOW MY VOTE IT’S NOT CHANGING SO MIGHT AS WELL DO IT TODAY >> Reporter: MINNEAPOLIS OFFICIALS SAY THEY’RE SHATTERING RECORDS, MAILING OVER 114,000 BALLOTS >> MAIL OBVIOUSLY IS WHAT WE ARE ENCOURAGING VOTE AT HOME BE SAFE >> Reporter: JOE BIDEN AND PRESIDENT TRUMP BOTH IN MINNESOTA TODAY, BOTH TRYING TO MAKE THEIR MARK WITH WORKING CLASS VOTERS THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN TRYING TO SHOW HE FEELS THEIR PAIN >> RIGHT NOW I DO WORK IN A CANCER CENTER IN THE AREA I MAKE UNDER $15 AN HOUR >> Reporter: TODAY BIDEN SAID TRUMP JUST DOESN’T GET IT >> I DON’T LOOK DOWN MY NOSE AND PEOPLE ARE BUSTING THEIR NECKS, JUST MAKING A LIVING TRUMP SAYS, BY THE WAY, PARAPHRASING, EVERYONE’S IN THE STOCK MARKET, THAT’S WHY HE CARES ABOUT THE STOCK MARKET WHAT THE HELL IS HE TALKING ABOUT? >> AND MARY BRUCE JOINS US NOW MARY, SO INTERESTING TO SEE PEOPLE ALREADY IN LINE VOTING, MANY VOTERS HAVE ALREADY MADE UP THEIR MINDS BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THE BIDEN AND TRUMP CAMPAIGNS ARE PICKING UP THEIR ACTIVITY ON REACHING UNCOMMITTED VOTERS IN KEY BATTLEGROUND STATES IN PARTICULAR >> Reporter: THEY ARE RAMPING UP THEIR CAMPAIGNING AND THEIR TRAVEL TO THESE KEY BATTLEGROUND STATES LOOK, BOTH OF THE CANDIDATES KNOW, ESPECIALLY WITH THIS PANDEMIC AND WITH SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY AS WE HEAD TO ELECTION DAY THEY WANT VOTERS TO GET OUT THERE AND VOTE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY IN 2020, A YEAR WHERE IT SEEMS ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN THEY WANT TO GET THESE VOTES IN THE BANK AND IT’S PART OF THE REASON WHY THEY ARE MAKING THE EFFORT TO GET OUT THERE AND TRAVEL TO KEY BATTLEGROUND STATES IT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WE’RE SEEING BOTH OF THE CANDIDATES IN MINNESOTA TODAY >> OF COURSE AND BATTLEGROUND OF MINNESOTA, MARY BRUCE, THANKS SO MUCH >>> AND JOINING US NOW IS THE MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE STEVE SIMON, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME >> THANKS FOR HAVING ME >> SO FIRST DAY OF EARLY VOTING UNDER WAY IN YOUR STATE TODAY, TALK US THROUGH THE SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THAT MINNESOTA RESIDENTS CAN VOTE SAFELY IN THE MIDST OF THIS PANDEMIC, ALSO HOW THE DAY WENT, ANY REPORTS OF PROBLEMS? >> ONE THING THAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THE DAY TODAY IN MINNESOTA, NOT ONLY IS IT FIRST DAY OF VOTING IN MINNESOTA AND LEADING THE COUNTRY IN THAT RESPECT BUT TODAY ALSO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND JOE BIDEN ARE BOTH IN MINNESOTA ON THE SAME DAY CAMPAIGNING AND I SUSPECT THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE EXCITEMENT AND THE SIZZLE AROUND THIS EVENT AND PROBABLY ACCOUNTS FOR THE REPORTS WE’RE GETTING THAT AT THE PHYSICAL LOCATIONS ON THIS FIRST DAY OF ABSENTEE BALLOTING THERE IS MORE BUZZ AND MORE ACTIVITY THAN YOU’D NORMALLY EXPECT IN TERMS OF THE OVERALL AVENUES FOR VOTERS TO VOTE THEY ARE SPEAKING LOUDLY AND CLEARLY ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT THIS YEAR AND WHAT MANY OF THEM, SOME FOR THE FIRST TIME IS TO VOTE FROM HOME WE HAVE SEEN AN ABSOLUTE

SHATTERING OF THE RECORD FOR PEOPLE REQUESTING ABSENTEE BALLOTS WE’RE AT 926,000 IN THE STATE THAT HAVE ALREADY REQUESTED TO VOTE FROM HOME BY ABSENTEE THAT COMPARES IN THE SAME PERIOD TWO YEARS AGO WITH SOMETHING LIKE 58,000 PEOPLE THAT HAD REQUESTED IT, AS OF THE SAME DATE TWO YEARS AGO IT’S OFF THE CHARTS PEOPLE ARE SPEAKING LOUDLY AND CLEARLY, THIS IS A WAY THAT REALLY APPEALS TO THEM THIS YEAR >> AND HOW IS IT GOING, SO FAR, WITHOUT A GLITCH? >> SO FAR, REALLY, WITHOUT A GLITCH I HAVE TO SAY THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE SOMETHING BUT SO FAR THE INPERSON COMPONENT, WE HAVEN’T HEARD ANY COMPLAINTS, EVERYONE HAS THEIR BALLOTS ON TIME, IN TERMS OF THE ABSENTEE BALLOT PROCESS, THOSE BALLOTS WILL GO OUT IN THE MAIL TODAY THEY SHOULD BE ARRIVING IN MAILBOXES ALL OVER MINNESOTA IN THE COMING DAYS, PEOPLE CAN START SENDING THEM BACK OR HAND DELIVERING THEM WHENEVER THEY CHOOSE >> YOU WERE ON A CALL YESTERDAY WITH DOZENS OF SECRETARIES OF STATE AND THE POSTMASTER GENERAL THERE’S A REPORT THAT IT GOT HEATED AT TIMES DID YOU RAISE ANY MINNESOTA ISSUES AND ARE YOU CONFIDENT THE POSTAL SERVICE CAN HANDLE A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN MAIL-IN BALLOTS IN MINNESOTA AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY? >> YEAH, I WOULD CALL IT POINTED BUT CORDIAL, AS SOMEBODY ELSE SAID, AND I AGREE WITH THAT I WOULD SAY THIS I HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT THEY HAVE THE LOGISTICAL CAPABILITIES THEY HAVE THE TRUCKS, THEY HAVE THE VEHICLES, THEY HAVE THE PEOPLE AND IN MINNESOTA WE’VE HAD A REALLY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FOLKS ON THE GROUND HERE AND THE FOLKS RUNNING THE SHOW HERE WASHINGTON’S ANOTHER STORY TIMELINESS IS ALWAYS AN ISSUE BUT EVEN WITH THE DELAYS THAT WE’RE READING AND SEEING REPORTED, EVEN WITH THOSE DELAYS I THINK IN MINNESOTA WE HAVE WORK AROUNDS WE HAVE THINGS THAT CAN ACCOMMODATE EVEN THOSE DELAYS AND GIVE VOTERS THE EXPERIENCE THEY NEED TO GET THEIR BALLOT IN ON TIME I’M REALLY A GLASS HALF FULL PERSON WHEN IT COMES TO THE POST OFFICE YES, THE REPORTS ARE DISTURBING AND, YES, MANY FOLKS ON A CALL YESTERDAY TOOK THAT UP WITH THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, BUT THAT’S NOT GOING TO SLOW US DOWN AND THAT’S NOT GOING TO STOP US MINNESOTANS WANT TO VOTE THIS WAY AND EVEN WITH DELAYS THEY’LL BE ABLE TO GET AROUND ANY INCONVENIENCES >> WELL, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ALSO CLAIMED WITHOUT EVIDENCE THAT MAIL-IN BALLOTS HAVE A HIGHER RISK OF FRAUD, EVEN SAYING WITHOUT EVIDENCE THAT THOSE BALL LOTS ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO FOREIGN INTERFERENCE YOU WERE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE 2016 ELECTION, WHERE NEARLY 700,000 MINNESOTANS VOTED ABSENTEE ANY VOTER FRAUD WITH THOSE BALLOTS? >> NO, THERE WERE NOT IT’S UNFORTUNATE TO HEAR THAT DISINFORMATION IN MINNESOTA, AT LEAST, WE HAVE A LOT OF DIFFERENT STEPS OF SECURITY STARTING WITH THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU ORDER THAT BALLOT YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE SOME PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, LAST FOUR OF A SOCIAL, DRIVER’S LICENSE NUMBER, SO UNLESS IT’S RETURNED WITH THAT SAME INFORMATION, IT’S NOT GOING TO BE COUNTED IF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TRIES TO FABRICATE OR CREATE A FAKE BALLOT, OR IF SOMEONE STEALS ONE OUT OF SOMEONE’S MAILBOX THEY CAN SEND IT IN, SURE, IT’S NOT GOING TO BE COUNTED IT NEVER IS IN MINNESOTA I’VE ASKED THE QUESTION, NOT JUST FOR 2016, BUT GOING BACK THE LAST COUPLE DECADES, I’VE ASKED FOLKS IN THE KNOW, DO YOU KNOW OF A SINGLE CASE WHERE SOMEONE HAS INTERCEPTED SOMEONE’S BALLOT AND SUCCESSFULLY VOTED, AND THE ANSWER IS NO THEY DON’T KNOW OF A SINGLE CASE IN MINNESOTA HISTORY WE HAVE THE SECURITY AND THE RECORD TO SHOW IT’S A SAFE AND SECURE WAY TO VOTE >> LOOKING AHEAD TO NOVEMBER DO YOU ANTICIPATE MINNESOTA WILL BE ABLE TO DECLARE A WINNER ON ELECTION NIGHT OR DO YOU THINK VOTERS SHOULD EXPECT IT WILL TAKE SEVERAL DAYS OR EVEN WEEKS TO COUNT ALL THE BALLOTS >> BY DEFINITION WE WON’T HAVE ALL THE BALLOTS COUNTED IN MINNESOTA FOR ONE WEEK BECAUSE EVEN’S GIVEN THAT EXTRA SEVEN DAYS TO GET THEIR BALLOT IN WHAT I CAN SAY IS I STRONGLY SUSPECT AND PREDICT THAT WE’LL HAVE MOST OF THE OUTCOMES OR WINNERS KNOWN WELL BEFORE THAT I THINK IN MOST CONTESTS WE WILL KNOW THE WINNER, IF NOT ON ELECTION NIGHT, VERY SHORTLY THEREAFTER AND THAT’S BECAUSE WE’LL BE ABLE TO REPORT NOT ONLY ALL THE BALLOTS COUNTED AS OF ELECTION NIGHT BUT WE’LL ALSO BE ABLE TO SAY, FOR PARTICULAR CONTESTS, HOW MANY OUTSTANDING ABSENTEE BALLOTS THERE ARE AND IN MOST CASES, IN MOST OFFICES IN MOST CONTESTS YOU’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO MATHEMATICALLY CALL THOSE RACES AND FIGURE OUT WHO THE WINNER IS, EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY NOT KNOW HOW MUCH THE WINNER WON UNTIL SEVEN DAYS HAS PASSED, YOU WILL KNOW WHO WON, THAT I AM CONFIDENT OF >> STATISTICALLY SPEAKING WE’LL BE ABLE TO TELL WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU’RE CONCERNED ABOUT NOW >> TO BE HONEST WHAT HAPPENS AFTER ELECTION DAY I AM CONCERNED THAT IN THE WEEK BETWEEN ELECTION DAY AND WHEN 100% OF BALLOTS ARE COUNTED THAT THAT SPACE COULD BE FILLED WITH DISINFORMATION AND MISINFORMATION FROM ALL SOURCES, CONSPIRACY THEORIES, LIES, THINGS DESIGNED TO UNDERMINE CONFIDENCE IN OUR ELECTION, TO SUGGEST BAD MOTIVES, WHERE NONE EXIST SO I THINK NOT JUST IN MINNESOTA, BUT NATIONWIDE, AFTER THE ELECTION, WHEN AS WE KNOW IN MINNESOTA AND MOST STATES, 100% OF THE BALLOTS WILL NOT YET BE COUNTED LET’S JUST BE CALM, LET’S BE PATIENT, LET’S COUNTER LIES WITH TRUTH AND FACTS AND TALK ABOUT

WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON, NOT WHAT’S IN PEOPLE’S IMAGINATIONS OR WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS GOING ON, OR WHAT SINISTER PLOTS THEY THINK ARE UNDER WAY LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT THE SYSTEM IS DESIGNED TO DO AND WHAT IT IS DOING AND LET’S NOT UNDERMINE OUR DEMOCRACY OR POLLUTE IT WITH THINGS THAT JUST DON’T HAVE ANY FACTUAL BASIS THAT’S MY NUMBER ONE WORRY AT THIS POINT >> STEVE SIMON, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME, APPRECIATE YOU COMING ON >> MY PLEASURE, THANKS FOR HAVING ME >>> WHAT WAS HURRICANE SALLY JUST FINALLY MADE IT OUT TO THE SEA, AND THERE IS ALREADY A SERIES OF NEW STORMS CHURNING BUT OUR GINGER ZEE HAS HER EYE IN PARTICULAR ON ONE THAT JUST BECAME TROPICAL STORM BETA GINGER, NO REST FOR THE WEARY, MY FRIEND, WHAT A BUSY HURRICANE SEASON ALREADY >> JUST BACK, AND I ACTUALLY BROUGHT MY BOYS BECAUSE I THOUGHT, I MIGHT HAVE TO LEAVE AGAIN IN TWO DAYS SO I WANT TO SPEND EVERY MOMENT HERE WITH THEM THAT’S HOW CLOSE TOGETHER THESE WERE ALL HAPPENING, THREE STORMS NAMED JUST TODAY JUST FOR REFERENCE, THAT’S ONLY EVER HAPPENED ONCE BEFORE IN HISTORY IN THE LATE 1800s BUT BETA IS THE ONE TO WATCH THAT’S THE ONE I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT ON THE SATELLITE IMAGERY IT’S MOVING NORTH-NORTHEAST AT 9 MILES PER HOUR IT’S GOT A LOT OF INFLUENCES AND A LOT OF INCERTAINTY IT MAKES ITS WAY TOWARD TEXAS BY EARLY NEXT WEEK THE CONE THAT GOES ALL THE WAY FROM MEXICO AND BROWNSVILLE UP TO LAKE CHARLES, REMEMBER LAKE CHARLES WAS HIT SO BADLY BY LAURA AND CAMERON INCLUDED TOO ONE THING I CAN PROMISE YOU, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS YOU’RE GOING TO END UP WITH SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL MOISTURE, 10 TO 15 INCHES OF RAIN, ANYWHERE FROM CORPUS CHRISTI TO, AGAIN, RIGHT THERE ALONG COASTAL LOUISIANA BUT EVEN ALEXANDRIA COULD PICK UP A HALF FOOT OF RAIN SO THIS IS GOING TO BE SIGNIFICANT AND RAIN ALONE WE ALSO HAVE TO TALK ABOUT TEDDY YOU ALSO WILL RECALL THAT BERMUDA JUST GOT HIT BY PAULETTE IT LOOKS LIKE A NEAR MISS, GOING TO BE ON THE LEFT SIDE, WHICH IS THE BETTER SIDE OF TEDDY, AS IT SLIDES PAST, WE IN THE EAST COAST HERE COULD EVEN SEE SOME HIGH SURF AND RIP CURRENTS FROM THIS NOT THAT ANYBODY’S PROBABLY SWIMMING, THIS WEEKEND GOING TO BE VERY COLD I’VE GOT MY WINTER COAT ON NOW, IF I GO BACK SOUTH I’LL HAVE TO DRY OUT THE RAINCOAT >> LOTS OF DRYING OUT, I’M SURE, ALL AROUND FOR YOU OUR CHIEF METEOROLOGIST GINGER ZEE, THANKS SO MUCH >>> TURNING NOW TO THE DISASTER ON THE WEST COAST, THE BATTLE AGAINST THOSE WILDFIRES NOW TAKING THE LIFE OF A FIREFIGHTER ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIRE BURNING IN THE NATIONAL FOREST, EAST OF L.A IT COMES AS CREWS ARE BRACING FOR DANGEROUS CONDITIONS TO RETURN THIS WEEKEND OUR KAYLEE HARTUNG HAS THE LATEST >> Reporter: TONIGHT THE CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE SPARKED BY A GENDER REVEAL CELEBRATION TAKING THE LIFE OF A FIRST RESPONDER THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE CONFIRMING A FIREFIGHTER WAS KILLED OVERNIGHT WHILE BATTLING THE EL DORADO FIRE BY SAN BERNARDINO CREWS FIGHTING FLAMES ON BOTH SIDES OF HIGHWAY 38 THIS AFTERNOON A SOLEMN PROCESSION CARRYING THE FIREFIGHTER’S BODY WILDFIRES CLAIMING THE LIVES OF AT LEAST 36 PEOPLE OUT WEST THIS YEAR THE WIND FUELED BOBCAT FIRE JUST NORTH OF LOS ANGELES, ANOTHER BIG CONCERN TONIGHT, FORCING NEW EVACUATIONS IN JUNIPER HILLS AND ORANGE HAZE BLOTTING OUT THE SUN >> THE WIND, JUST DRIVING FLAMES TOWARDS HOMES HERE >> THE FIRE IS RIGHT BEHIND THE HOUSE, UP ON THE LITTLE HILL UP THERE AND I JUST SAID, SCREW THIS >>> THAT FIRE INCHING DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO THE FAMED MOUNT WILSON OBSERVATORY THE SMOKE EVEN CLOSING YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, MARRING ITS NATURAL BEAUTY AND IN OREGON STORMS BRINGING RELIEF FROM THE TOXIC SMOKE BUT THE DOWNPOURS THREATENING THE FIRE RAVAGED COMMUNITIES WITH LANDSLIDES AND FLASH FLOODING THE ELDARADO FIRE IS 66% CONTAINED BUT IT’S STILL ACTIVE THAT FIREFIGHTERS ‘DEATH IS A REMIND JUST BECAUSE THE CONTAINMENT NUMBERS ARE UP DOESN’T MEAN THE RISK DECREASES THERE’S POTENTIAL TO THINGS TO TAKE A DIJS TURN, HOT AND DRY THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA THE RISK TO LIFE AND PROPERTY IS FAR FROM OVER THIS NOW MAKES THREE FIRE PERSONNEL DEATHS IN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES SO FAR THIS YEAR LINSEY? >> OUR THANKS TO KAYLEE >>> TURNING TO THE MAJOR DECISION BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BANNING THE POPULAR SOCIAL MEDIA APPS TIKTOK AND WEE CHAT, EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOU EXACTLY? OUR BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT DEIDRE BOLTON IS HERE NOW TO BREAK IT ALL DOWN IF YOU HAVE TIKTOK ON YOUR PHONE ALREADY ARE YOU IMPACTED AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ITS ROUGHLY 100 MILLION USERS HERE IN THE U.S.? >> 100 MILLION USERS WE CANNOT IGNORE THAT NUMBER, PART OF THE REASON WHY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS NOT IGNORING IT, OF COURSE SO RIGHT NOW IF YOU ALREADY HAVE THE APP, HONESTLY NOTHING HAPPENS TO YOU UNTIL NOVEMBER 12th SO YOU CAN STILL POST ALL THE SHORT VIDEOS OR REVIEW THE SHORT

VIDEOS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH, WHETHER IT’S PETS OR RECIPES OR COMEDY ACTS SO NONE OF THAT CHANGES UNTIL NOVEMBER 12th ONE CAVEAT, THOUGH, TO THAT IS THAT IF THERE IS AN UPDATE OR SOME HOW YOU RECEIVE JUST A PROMPT FROM THE APP TO CHANGE SOMETHING, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE ANY CHANGES MOSTLY UPDATES AS OF SUNDAY NOW, IF YOU DON’T ALREADY HAVE THE APP THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAID IF YOU DON’T HAVE IT BY MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD IT IF YOU ARE LIVING IN THE U.S., LINSEY >> WHY DID THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MAKE THIS MOVE? AND WHAT IS TIKTOK SAYING ABOUT ALL THIS? >> SO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MADE THIS MOVE BECAUSE IF WE CAN REMEMBER, GO BACK IN TIME, PRE-PANDEMIC, ONE OF THE BIGGER FOCAL POINTS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WAS U.S. AND CHINA AND ADDRESSING WHAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONSIDERED TRULY AN IMBALANCE BETWEEN THE WORLD’S TWO LARGEST ECONOMIES, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FELT THAT THE U.S. WAS NEVER TREATED FAIRLY, IF YOU LIKE, ALWAYS FELT THAT CHINA GOT THE UPPER HAND YOU’LL RECALL IN 2018 THE U.S ESSENTIALLY KICKED OFF A TRADE WAR, STARTED IMPOSING TARIFFS, CHINA RETALIATED SO THERE’S JUST BEEN GROWING TENSION BETWEEN THE TWO LARGEST ECONOMIES IN THE WORLD, SINCE AT LEAST 2018, QUESTIONS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, ACCUSATIONS THAT CHINA STEALS A LOT FROM U.S. COMPANIES SO THIS IS REALLY BEEN A BIG THEME, WHICH POST PANDEMIC IN SOME RESPECTS WE’VE SORT OF LOST SIGHT OF, IF YOU LIKE, BUT THE MAIN CHARGE HERE, FROM THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT, AGAINST TIKTOK, IS THAT THE OWNER, BITE DANCE, IS CHINESE AND THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAYS THAT’S A SECURITY THREAT IN OTHER WORDS, MAYBE WE ALL THINK IT’S SILLY BECAUSE THE SHORT VIDEOS ARE FUN AND THEY’RE LIVELY AND VERY MUCH PART OF OUR SOCIAL MEDIA SCENE, BUT, FOR EXAMPLE, I SPOKE WITH ONE EXPERT, MARK DOUGLAS, AND HE’S THE CEO OF STEEL HOUSE IT’S A TECH AND MEDIA FIRM HE SAID, YEAH, MAYBE IT SEEMS SILLY BUT MAYBE A SENATOR’S NIECE OR NEPHEW POSTS TIC TOK, IF THAT INFORMATION, IF THAT DATA LIVES SOMEWHERE ELSE IN FOREIGN SERVERS, PERHAPS THAT DOES REPRESENT A SERIOUS SECURITY RISK AS FOR TIKTOK’S COMMENT, LINSEY, I’LL READ YOU RIGHT FROM THEIR POINT HERE ESSENTIALLY SAYING THEY ARE DISAPPOINTED AND THEY SAY THAT THEY HAVE REALLY BEEN COOPERATING WITH THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT HOWEVER, THEY ARE DIPLOMATIC IN SAYING THEY HOPE A SITUATION OR RATHER A SOLUTION CAN BE REACHED IT SAYS DISAPPOINTED WITH THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT’S DECISION SAYING IT ALREADY HAD COMMITTED TO UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF ADDITIONAL TRANSPARENCY >> AND OF COURSE IT’S NOT JUST TIKTOK WE CHAT WILL EFFECTIVELY BE BANNED FROM THE U.S. ON SUNDAY, AND NOT JUST NEW DOWNLOADS OF THE APP, WHY IS WE CHAT BEING BANNED AS WELL AND WHAT IMPACT MAY THAT HAVE ON USERS IN THE U.S. AND CHINASOME >> WE CHAT, TO A CERTAIN EXTENT, HAD A TARGET ON ITS BACK, IT IS OWNED BY TEN CENT, WHICH IS A HUGE CHINESE CONGLOMERATE, SOME PEOPLE HERE THINK OF IT SOMETIMES LIKE AMAZON, IT’S $650 BILLION MARKET CAP IT HAS EVERYTHING, CLOUD COMPUTING, GAMING, ENTERTAINMENT AND IT HAS THIS MESSAGING SERVICE, WE CHAT, AND REALLY PEOPLE CAN DO TONS OF THINGS WITH IT THEY CAN SEND MONEY, THEY CAN ORDER FOOD, THEY CAN CHITCHAT WITH FRIENDS SO FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, WHO ARE LIVING IN THE U.S., WITH FAMILIES IN ASIA, THIS HAS BEEN A LIFELINE AND AS OF SUNDAY MIDNIGHT, LINSEY, THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEND MONEY TO THEIR FAMILIES OR RECEIVE MONEY FROM THEIR FAMILIES IN CHINA >> DEIDRE BOLTON, THANKS SO MUCH >>> AND WHEN WE COME BACK, THE URGENT SEARCH FOR A POTENTIAL KEY WITNESS IN THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE SHOOTING OF TWO DEPUTIES IN THEIR SUV THE NEW ACCUSATION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP BY A FORMER MODEL >>> BUT UP NEXT DESPITE MAKING SOME IMPROVEMENTS WHEN IT COMES TO REPRESENTATION, THE EMMYS CONTINUES TO HAVE A DIVERSITY PROBLEM ACTOR JOHN LAGOZAMO TELLS US WHY HE’S BOYCOTTING THE BIG SHOW, RIGHT AFTER THE BREAK the most powerful stories of our time line singer songwriter green people are just born this way it’s one of my schedule next week lady Gaga and her mom are you sure curry Chris rock N. Nancy grace on Good Morning America Kalyan’s data pass we had a future where the damn Roman Empire Hey decorative worn to the other rats really good this is America Sir last time I checked not Soviet Russia September twenty six on who right now at this defining moment in America

so much on the line we ABC news turning the groundbreaking monthlong event every night taking over taking on this move for America my America York this is a turning point the ninety nine month long event late night ABC America your on the ground in and the Iraqis eighteen thousand David zero you can see just they I thank you for >>> WELCOME BACK, THE EMMY AWARDS ARE THIS SUNDAY NIGHT, HOSTED BY JIMMY KIMMEL WITH CELEBRITIES BEAMING IN FROM THEIR HOMES DESPITE THE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS SUPPLY OF CONTENT THESE DAYS THERE HASN’T BEEN AS MUCH DIVERSITY AMONG AWARD NOMINEES JANAI NORMAN REPORTS >> Reporter: EXPECT TO SEE LOTS OF FACES AT THE EMMY AWARDS THIS SUNDAY IT WILL FEATURE THE MOST DIVERSE PACK OF EM — HISTORIC INCREASE IN MINORITY NOMINEES >> CONGRATULATIONS, OCTAVIA >> THIS TIME, MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF THE ACTORS VYING TO TAKE HOME THE COVETED TROPHY ARE BLACK AN INCREASE OF 30% UP 14% FROM EACH OF THE LAST FIVE YEARS >> THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THAT THIS WORLD IS FAIR AND GOOD IT’S ALL LOLLIPOPS AND RAINBOWS >> Reporter: AND MORE WOMEN ARE CLAIMING THEIR SPOTS IN MAJOR CATEGORIES, WRITERS AND DIRECTORS, MAKING UP SOME 36% OF NOMINEES, UP 13% OF LAST YEAR AND THEN THERE’S THE LGBTQ PLUS COMMUNITY, CELEBRATING IN RECOGNITION THIS YEAR WITH 13 EMMY NODS NOT INCLUDING THOSE SHOWS WITH MULTIPLE EMMY NOMINATIONS FEAT FEATURING LGBTQ PLUS CHARACTERS IN LEADING ROLES AND THE FIRST MUSLIM-AMERICAN SITCOM SCORED NOMINATIONS WITH THE DIRECTOR AND ALI, EACH EARNING EMMY NODS >> FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT >> SOMETIMES SOME PEOPLE DON’T THINK THAT AWARD SHOWS MATTER BUT THEY DO IT’S A GOOD SIGNAL AND INDICATOR WHERE THE INDUSTRY IS AT THIS MOMENT, WHERE SOCIETY IS, AND WHERE WE CAN GO FORWARD AND WITH THE NEW DIVERSE CLASS I’M EXCITED FOR IT >> Reporter: THERE’S SO MUCH MORE WORK TO BE DONE THIS YEAR NOT A SINGLE LATIN X TALENT STANDS TO RECEIVE AN EMMY IN A MAJOR CATEGORY >> THERE’S A TOTAL RIPOFF >> Reporter: IN FACT ONLY ONE LATINA WILL EVEN BE COMPETING,LY AEKS IS BLE DELL FOR HER GUEST STARRING ROLE IN A HANDMAID’S TALE WHILE ACTORS FROM OTHER LATIN X SHOWS FAILED TO MAKE THE CUT EVEN ICON RITA MORENO, SNUBBED AND IT’S MUCH THE SAME FOR ASIAN PERFORMERS, MAKING UP ONLY 2% OF NOMINATIONS >> NOW SLAM >> Reporter: WITH KILLING EVE STAR SANDRA OH AS THE SOLE ACTOR OF ASIAN DESCENT TO BE NOMINATED IN MY OF THE MAJOR CATEGORIES THIS IS HER THIRD CONSECUTIVE NOMINATION FOR THAT SERIES JANAI NORMAN, ABC NEWS >> OUR THANKS TO JANAI >>> WHEN EMMY AWARD WINNING ACTOR IS JOHN LEGOZAMO HE TOLD YAHOO NEWS HE’S BOYCOTTING BECAUSE OF LACK OF LATINO REPRESENTATION AT MORE THAN 16,000 STRONG IT’S THE LARGEST ETHNIC GROUP IN THE COUNTRY JOINING US IS A MAN TAKING IT UPON HIMSELF TO EDUCATE AND ERADICATE THE ELAY SURE OF LATINOS IN HISTORY AND ARTS AND BEYOND JOHN, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US >> THANK YOU, THAT’S QUITE AN INTRO >> THE DRUM ROLL AND EVERYTHING >> APPRECIATE IT >> YOU’VE BEEN NOMINATED MULTIPLE TIMES FOR EMMYS AND YOU’VE ALSO WON AN EMMY WHAT CAUSED THE ACADEMY TO FALL SO SHORT THIS YEAR WHEN IT COMES TO INCLUDING LATINOS? >> WELL, OBVIOUSLY IT’S A REVERSE ENGINEERING PROBLEM IT’S NOT REALLY THE EMMYS THAT ARE THE PROBLEM, IT’S BEFORE THAT, LIKE WHO’S CASTING, WHAT STORIES ARE WE TELLING IF YOU DON’T CREATE GREAT LATIN ROLES, HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET NOMINATED, IF WE DON’T TELL LATIN STORIES, HOW DO WE GET NOMINATED IF YOU’RE NOT CASTING US, WE’RE NOT GETTING AWARDED

>> YOUR NEW MOVIE “CRITICAL THINKING” IS BASED ON THE TRUE STORY OF FIVE MIAMI TEENS WHO DEFIED THE ODDS AND WENT ON TO BECOME NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONS I WANT TO PLAY A QUICK CLIP THAT CAPTURES THAT IN A SCENE BETWEEN YOU AND THE PRINCIPAL OF THE HIGH SCHOOL >> GIVE UP ON THEM, LET THEIR PARENTS GIVE UP ON THEM, LET THE WHOLE SYSTEM GIVE UP ON THEM, I DIDN’T, OKAY >> YOU REALLY CAPTURE THE OBSTACLES OF AN UNDERFUNDED EDUCATION SYSTEM, POVERTY, PREJUDICE, EVEN IMMIGRATION OF THIS TEACHER MARIO MARTINEZ HAD TO OVERCOME TO THESE KIDS COULD PLAY CHESS WHY WAS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO MAKE SURE THIS STORY WAS TOLD? >> I BELIEVE THERE’S SO MANY GIFTED, TALENTED, GENIUS LATIN AND BLACK KIDS IN OUR COMMUNITIES THAT DON’T GET NURTURED, THAT DON’T GET SEEN, THAT DON’T GET THE MONEY OR THE SUPPLIES, AND IT’S TRAGIC BUT THIS ONE TEACHER, MARIO MARTINEZ IN 1998 GOT THEM THE NURTURING THEY NEEDED, SAW THEM, RESPECTED THEM AND GOT THEM THE MONEY TO BECOME UNITED STATES NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONS, WHICH IS AN INCREDIBLE FEAT AT ANY TIME IN ANY ECONOMIC GROUP >> IN A RECENT INTERVIEW WITH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS YOU SAID LATINOS ARE 25% OF THE U.S. BOX OFFICE, WHERE 30% OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL POPULATION AND OUR KIDS DON’T SEE THEMSELVES IT’S INCREDIBLE IT’S LIKE WE’RE LIVING IN A CULTURAL APARTHEID LIKE WE DON’T EXIST WE’RE VIRTUALLY INVISIBLE GIVEN THE CURRENT CLIMATE WITH SOCIAL CHANGE AND JUSTICE HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY DO YOU BELIEVE THAT REAL CHANGE IS COMING FOR THE LATINO COMMUNITY? >> I REALLY FEEL LIKE IT’S STARTING TO REALLY HAPPEN I FEEL PUBLISHERS ARE REALLY REACHING OUT STUDIOS ARE REACHING OUT PRODUCTION COMPANIES ARE REALLY REACHING OUT AND ASKING THEMSELVES, WHAT CAN WE DO TO BE INCLUSIVE? AND THAT “NEW YORK TIMES” ARTICLE THAT SHOWED EXACTLY HOW MANY LATIN AND BLACK PEOPLE AND ASIAN PEOPLE ARE THE GATE KEEPERS, ARE THE LEADERS, ARE THE EXECUTIVES AND YOU SAW THE DEARTH I THINK THAT’S WHERE THE PROBLEM HAPPENS IS BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE LATIN PEOPLE AND BLACK PEOPLE TELLING AN — >> THE LATIN COMMUNITY HAS BEEN DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED BY COVID IN MULTIPLE WAYS, THEY’RE OVERREPRESENTED IN MANY OF THE INDUSTRIES CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL IN YOUR ONE-ACT BROADWAY PLAY LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS YOU TALK ABOUT THE ROLE OF LATINO WORKERS IN THE U.S YOU SAY LATIN LIFE IS CHEAP IN AMERICA THIS PANDEMIC HAS BEEN A PAINFUL TIME FOR SO MANY HOW HAS IT IMPACTED YOU PERSONALLY SEEING YOUR COMMUNITY HIT SO HARD? >> WELL, YOU KNOW, IT’S SAD, YOU KNOW, KNOWING THAT THEY’RE NOT GETTING THE RESPECT THAT THEY DESERVE, ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK CITY THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT I GREW UP, JACKSON HEIGHTS WAS THE HARDEST HIT IN NEW YORK, THE MOST DEATHS, THE MOST INFECTIONS OBVIOUSLY BECAUSE, YOU’RE RIGHT, LIKE YOU SAID, THEY’RE THE ESSENTIAL WORKERS, THE ONES FEEDING US, GROWING THE FOOD AND DELIVERING IT AND MAKING SURE THAT WE’RE GETTING FED AND TAKEN CARE OF ABOUT ALMOST ALL OUR SERVICES SO IT’S SAD THAT SUCH A COMMUNITY THAT’S WILLING TO GIVE AND SERVE AMERICA IN SO MANY WAYS DOESN’T GET THAT LOVE BACK SO THAT’S WHERE I THINK THE PROBLEM LIES >> OF COURSE IT’S A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR AND YOU’VE THROWN YOUR SUPPORT BEHIND JOE BIDEN, WHICH OF HIS PLATFORMS DO YOU THINK REALLY PROVED THAT HE UNDERSTANDS THE NEEDS AND THE NUANCE OF THE LATINO COMMUNITY? >> WELL, I THINK THE JOBS CREATION IS HUGE I THINK PROTECTING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND PROTECTING PREEXISTING CONDITIONS, THAT’S HUGE FOR THE LATIN COMMUNITY AND I’M GLAD THAT HE’S BEHIND ALL THOSE PLATFORMS >> JOHN LEGOZAMO, WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME >> THANK YOU, YOU’RE THE BEST >>> STILL AHEAD HERE ON PRIME, THE NEWLY RELEASED 911 CALL FROM JERRY FALWELL JR.’S WIFE THAT TOOK PLACE DAYS AFTER THE ALLEGATION EMERGED ABOUT THE COUPLE’S RELATIONSHIP WITH A POOL ATTENDANT >>> THE ZOOM CHAT BETWEEN BRAD AND JEN THAT HAS THE INTERNET COLLECTIVELY LOSING ITS MIND >>> OUR PARTNERS AT 538 DRAKING THE SENATE RAYS WHICH PARTY IS MORE LIKE I TO GAIN CONTROL AFTER THE ELECTION STAY TUNED >>> FIRST, OUR TWEET OF THE DAY, 50 YEARS LATER, THE MUSIC OF GEMMY HENDRICKS LIVES ON president trump meeting face to face with one of the world’s most brutal dictators Kim Jong moon the president to trusted I do trust him yeah I think he trusts me and I trust him >> THE PRESIDENT >> YOU TRUST HIM? >> I DO TRUST HIM, YEAH, I THINK HE TRUSTS ME AND I TRUST HIM >> IVANKA TRUMP >> I HAVE TO ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR EMAILS YOUR FATHER HAD TAKEN HILLARY CLINTON TO TASK FOR THIS >> THERE JUST IS NO — >> SO THE IDEA OF LOCK HER UP DOESN’T APPLY TO YOU? >> NO

>> COMEY >> HOW STRANGE IS IT FOR YOU TO SIT HERE AND COMPARE THE PRESIDENT TO A MOB BOSS? >> VERY STRANGE >> MICHELLE OBAMA >> WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD TELL YOUR PRE-WHITE HOUSE SELF? >> WHOO! >> MELANIA TRUMP >> DO YOU THINK THERE’S STILL PEOPLE THERE THAT HE CAN TRUST? >> YES >> STILL WORKING OUT? >> YES >> MICHAEL COHEN >> SO HE’S STILL LYING? >> YES >> THAT’S A BIG STATEMENT >> AND NOW IN A YEAR WITH SO MUCH ON THE LINE WE’RE RIGHT THERE >> GOOD EVENING TONIGHT FROM WASHINGTON, A VERY BUSY NEWS NIGHT >> AMERICA’S NUMBER ONE NEWS SOURCE, ABC NEWS, STRAIGHTFORWARD >>> WE ALL NEED SOMEONE WHO WILL PULL NO PUNCHES AND GIVE IT TO US STRAIGHT NO BULL, NO SPIN NOW, IMAGINE GETTING YO YOU ARE NEWS LIKE THAT JUST GIVE IT TO ME STRAIGHT ABC NEWS, STRAIGHTFORWARD >> WHAT’S THE MOST INNOVATIVE, DAILY NEWS PODCAST OUT THERE TO LISTEN TO EVERY DAY? THE EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS SAY IT’S START HERE, THE DAILY NEWS PODCAST FROM ABC NEWS EVEN “THE NEW YORK TIMES” CALLS US A TOP NEWS PODCAST WORTH LISTENING TO START HERE, FREE, ON APPLE PODCASTS >> YOU WERE SO FINE I HAD TO REMIND MYSELF TO BREATHE >> LET’S DO THIS >> HOW IS YOUR QUARANTINE GOING? >>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY, WE’VE CERTAINLY BEEN FOCUSING A LOT ON THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE BUT TONIGHT WE TURN TO THE U.S. SENATE WHICH HANGS IN THE BALANCE, OUR PARTNERS AT 358 HAVE JUST LAUNCHED THEIR 2020 SENATE ELECTION FORECAST AND THEY FOUND THAT AS OF NOW DEMOCRATS ARE SLIGHTLY FAVORED TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE SENATE HERE ARE THE DETAILS BY THE NUMBERS DEMOCRATS HAVE A 58% CHANCE OF FLIPPING THE SENATE IN NOVEMBER THAT’S ACCORDING TO SIMULATION FORECASTS BY 358 WHILE REPUBLICANS HAVE A 42% CHANCE OF HOLDING ONTO THEIR SENATE MAJORITY HERE’S SOME CLOSELY WATCHED RACES, MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL HAS A 95% CHANCE OF WINNING REELECTION AND LINDSEY GRAHAM 85% CHANCE OF VICTORY ASTRONAUT MARK KELLY, A DEMOCRAT, HAS A 78% CHANCE OF BEATING REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT MARTHA McSALLY IN THE RED STATE OF ARIZONA AND WHAT’S LOOKING TO BE THE CLOSEST SENATE RACE THIS YEAR, DEMOCRAT SARA GIDEON HAS A 53% CHANCE OF OUSTING SUSAN COLLINS IN MAINE AS WE ENTER THIS ELECTION REPUBLICANS HAVE JUST A THREE SENATE SEAT MAJORITY, AND NOW 35 STATES ARE IN PLAY THAT’S OUT OF A TOTAL OF 100 SENATE SEATS AND STILL LOTS TO GET TO HERE ON PRIME, THE FIRST TARGET OF THE NEW SECURITY LAW IN HONG KONG WAS A MAJOR TABLOID READ BY PROTESTERS, ITS MEDIA MOGUL OWNER RECENTLY ARRESTED WE SPEAK WITH HIM AS THE FIGHT FOR THE SOUL OF THAT CITY CONTINUES ANOTHER WEEKEND OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS UPON US BUT NOT EVERYONE IS SATISFIED WITH THE COVID PROTOCOLS IN PLACE AND WHY IS ESTE LAUDER SENDING ITEMS TO SPACE? WE’LL EXPLAIN FIRST, A LOOK AT OUR TOP TRENDING STORIES ON ABCNEWS.COM >>> WHAT YOU’RE SEEING RIGHT NOW, THIS IS PART OF THE EYE WALL >> THIS SECTION OF MIGRANTS GOES BACK TWO MILES >> THERE IS GOING TO BE CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE >> THIS FIRE HAS MADE A RUN YOU CAN SEE THOSE FLAMES SHOOTING UP INTO THE SKY >> WE ARE ON THE JAM PACKED RED CARPET >> TO THE RIGHT, GUYS >> THIS IS THE FOURTH WEEKEND OF PROTESTS >> WATCH ABC NEWS ON LOCATION FOR FACEBOOK WATCH >> THIS IS WHAT BEING LIVE IS ALL ABOUT THIS IS ABC NEWS LIVE, THE 24/7 STREAMING NEWS SOURCE FROM ABC NEWS, BREAKING NEWS, LIVE EVENTS, STREAMING NON-STOP ORIGINAL, BREAKTHROUGH STORY TELLING FROM ABC NEWS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, ESPN AND IT’S ALL DESIGNED DIFFERENTLY FOR YOU TO STREAM STRAIGHT TO ANY SCREEN WHENEVER YOU WANT >> ABC NEWS LIVE >> STREAMING EVERYWHERE, RIGHT TO YOU >> ABC NEWS LIVE IT’S THAT EASY TO GO THERE >>> WELCOME TO ADVERTISE KNEE PLUS THE ACTION, THE ADVENTURE AND THE ORIGINALS THERE’S NO LIMIT TO WHAT YOU’LL FIND THESE ARE YOUR WORKS SO COME ON DIVE DEEPER INTO THE UNIVERSES YOU LOVE, WHEREVER AND WHEN YOU WANT THEM YOU’LL FIND THEM ALL HERE ON DISNEY PLUS

>>> IT’S BEING CALLED THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL ELECTION OF A LIFETIME, THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE AND WITH SO MUCH ON THE LINE IT DEMANDS THE MOST STRAIGHTFORWARD, NEWSMAKING, REAL ANSWERS THE MOST INFORMED VOICES FROM ALL SIDES THE COUNTDOWN IS ON TO THE VOTE WHAT WILL OUR FUTURE LOOK LIKE? ABC’S “THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE,” IT ALL PLAYS OUT RIGHT HERE ON SUNDAY >> THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL YET OF THIS HYPERPOLITICAL YEAR >> RIGHT AS YOU GET CLOSER TO CASTING YOUR VOTE, EVERY SUNDAY ON ABC >>> CORONAVIRUS CONFUSION CONTINUES WITH THE CDC SUDDENLY REVERSING ITS TESTING GUIDELINES YET AGAIN FRIDAY, NOW SAYING YOU DO NEED A TEST IF YOU’VE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 THIS COMES AFTER A NEW REPORT IN THE “NEW YORK TIMES” SAID TESTING GUIDANCE POSED TO THE CDC WEBSITE LAST MONTH WAS NOT APPROVED BY ITS OWN SCIENTISTS THOSE GUIDELINES SAID PEOPLE WITHOUT COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, EVEN THOSE EXPOSED, DO NOT NEED TO GET TESTED THAT REPORTEDLY CAME FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE INSTEAD HHS ASSISTANT SECRETARY AND WHITE HOUSE TESTING COORDINATOR DENYING THOSE ALLEGATIONS ON ABC’S “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” >> IT ABSOLUTELY CAME FROM THE CDC THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AT THE CDC I HAVE NO IDEA WHO “THE NEW YORK TIMES” TALKED TO BUT I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT THE VERSION THAT WENT TO THE TASK FORCE WAS REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY DR. REDFIELD >> Reporter: GLOVED, MASKED AND SOCIALLY DISTANCED NOT EVEN A PANDEMIC COULD KEEP SOME VOTERS FROM THE POLLS IN MINNESOTA FOR THE FIRST DAY OF EARLY, IN-PERSON VOTING >> WE ARE REVVED UP TO VOTE FOR OUR CANDIDATE >> JUST BEING ABLE TO VOTE AND GET IT OUT OF THE WAY AND NOT WORRY ABOUT SUPER LONG LINES ON — IN NOVEMBER WHEN IT’S CHILLY OUT >> Reporter: MINNESOTA IS ONE OF THE KEY BATTLEGROUND STATES IN THE RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE, BOTH BIDEN AND TRUMP CAMPAIGNING THERE TODAY >>> NEWS IN THE CASE OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPUTIES AMBUSHED IN THEIR SUV, AUTHORITIES ARE NOW SEARCHING FOR A KEY WITNESS, SEEN ON SURVEILLANCE, RIGHT THERE WALKING NEARBY THE MOMENT A GUNMAN OPENS FIRE, WOUNDING BOTH DEPUTIES IN COMPTON THE MALE DEPUTY HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL, THE FEMALE DEPUTY REMAINS IN INTENSIVE CARE SHE IS EXPECTED TO RECOVER >>> AS PUERTO RICO CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE TO FULLY RECOVER FROM THE DEVASTATION OF HURRICANE MARIA THREE YEARS AGO, THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY ANNOUNCING $11.6 BILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO HELP REBUILD THE ELECTRICAL GRID SYSTEM AND THE EDUCATION SYSTEM >> WE’RE UNDERTAKING THE LARGEST FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN PUERTO RICO’S HISTORY WE’RE BRINGING PUERTO RICO BACK, AND WE’LL HAVE IT DONE FAIRLY QUICKLY THAT’S A TREMENDOUS — THAT’S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY BUT IT’S A VERY IMPORTANT AMOUNT AND I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO SEE SOMETHING TERRIFIC >> LATER THIS MONTH A ROCKET WILL HEAD TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CARRYING SEVERAL BOTTLES OF ESTEE LAUDER SKIN PRODUCT, IT’S FOR A COMMERCIAL >> NOW LOOK SIGNIFICANTLY SMOOTHER, RADIANT, MORE EVEN TONED IT’S NOT LIKE THEY HAVE ASTRONAUTS ON STAFF, IT WILL BE NASA ASTRONAUTS DOING THE FILMING NOT ALLOWED TO APPEAR IN THEM BUT THEY ARE PAID FOR THEIR EFFORTS AT MORE THAN $17,000 ESTEE LAUDER IS PROMISED THEY GET A RIDE BACK TO EARTH >> THE INTERNET IS GOING BANANAS OVER A LIVE VIRTUAL TABLE READ OF FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH BUT IT WAS THIS MOMENT THAT SENT VIEWERS OVER THE TOP >> HI, BRAD, YOU KNOW HOW CUTE I ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU WERE I THINK YOU’RE SO SEXY >> GOT TO LOVE A GRAD AND JEN REUNION >>> FRIDAY NIGHTS, 9/8 CENTRAL, TRUE CRIME, CINEMATIC REAL LIFE DRAMA STUNNING, THE UNTHINKABLE FOLLOW THE CLUES, THE HUNT, TRUE CRIME, “20/20,” FRIDAY NIGHTS, 9/8 CENTRAL ON ABC >>> COVID-19, WHAT CAN YOU TO TO HELP PROTECT YOURSELF? WHERE CAN YOU GET YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED? THE NEW DAY LAY PODCAST FROM ABC NEWS WITH DR. JENNIFER ASHTON AND A TEAM OF EXPERTS LISTEN FREE ON APPLE PODCASTS OR WHEREVER YOU GET YOUR PODCASTS >>> THE WORLD MAY FEEL OUT OF YOUR CONTROL, BUT YOUR HAPPINESS DOESN’T HAVE TO BE LEARN THE SECRETS TO HAPPINESS LISTEN TO THE 10% HAPPIER PODCAST, FREE ON APPLE PODCASTS >>> THIS IS WHAT BEING LIVE IS ALL ABOUT THIS IS ABC NEWS LIVE THE 24/7 STREAMING NEWS SOURCE FROM ABC NEWS, BREAKING NEWS, LIVE EVENTS, STREAMING NON-STOP ORIGINALLY, BREAKTHROUGH STORY TELLING FROM ABC NEWS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, ESPN, AND IT’S ALL DESIGNED DIFFERENTLY FOR YOU TO STREAM STRAIGHT TO ANY SCREEN WHENEVER YOU WANT >> ABC NEWS LIVE >> STREAMING EVERYWHERE, RIGHT TO YOU >> ABC NEWS LIVE IT’S THAT EASY TO GO THERE

>>> THE WATERS OF THE OUTER BANKS ARE UNFORGIVING AND FULL OF RICHES FOR THE FISHERMEN WHO DARE THE BEST OF THE NORTHERN FLEET ARE HEADING SOUTH THE LOCALS KNOW WHERE THE GIANTS LIE AND IF YOU THOUGHT THE WATERS WERE UNFORGIVING, WAIT UNTIL THE BATTLE BEGINS WICKED TUNA OUTER BANKS, NEW EPISODES SUNDAYS AT 9:00 ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC >> ABC NEWS, HONORED WINNER OF FOUR EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS, INCLUDING THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS HONOR, OVERALL EXCELLENCE IN TELEVISION ABC NEWS, AMERICA’S NUMBER ONE NEWS CHOICE ABC NEWS, STRAIGHTFORWARD >>> WELCOME BACK, NOW TO THE NEW ACCUSATION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP BY A FORMER MODEL WHO SAYS HE FORCIBLY KISSED AND GROPED HER AT THE U.S. OPEN BACK IN 1997 THE ACCUSER CLAIMS SHE WAS IN TOWN WITH HER THEN BOYFRIEND WHO WAS FRIENDS WITH TRUMP HERE’S THE REPORT ON WHY SHE HAS DECIDED TO COME FORWARD NOW >> Reporter: THIS MORNING PRESIDENT TRUMP FACING NEW ACCUSATIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT WHEN HE WAS A BUSINESS MOGUL IN THE LATE ’90s AND MARRIED TO MARLA MAPLES, FORMER MODEL AND NOW MOTHER, AMY DORIS, SPEAKING WITH THE GUARDIAN, SHE ALLEGES TRUMP GROPE HER IN 1997 WHEN SHE WAS 24 SHE SAYS IT HAPPENED AT THE U.S OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT IN NEW YORK >> HE JUST GRABBED ME AND HE JUST SHOVED HIS TONGUE DOWN MY THROAT AND I WAS PUSHING HIM OFF AND THAT’S WHEN HIS GRIP BECAME TIGHTER AND HIS HANDS WERE KIND OF LIKE VERY GROPY AND ALL OVER, YOU KNOW, MY BUTT, MY BREASTS, MY BACK, LIKE EVERYTHING >> DORIS SAYS SHE FELT LIKE SHE COULDN’T ESCAPE >> I FELT LIKE AN OCTOPUS WAS HUGGING ONTO ME YOU JUST PICTURE THOSE SUCTION CUPS ON AN OCTOBPUS AND YOU’RE TRAPPED THAT’S HOW I FELT, TRAPPED >> SEVERAL PHOTOS SHOWING HER WITH THE REAL ESTATE MAGNET OVER SEVERAL DAYS IN NEW YORK THE GUARDIAN ALSO REPORTS DORIS SAYS SHE TOLD PEOPLE AT THE TIME ABOUT THE INCIDENT AND YEARS LATER WHO CORROBORATE HER VERSION OF WHAT HAPPENED THE PRESIDENT’S LAWYERS DENY THE ALLEGATIONS TELLING ABC NEWS THE ALLEGATIONS ARE TOTALLY FALSE THIS IS JUST ANOTHER PATHETIC ATTEMPT TO ATTACK PRESIDENT TRUMP RIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION DORIS NOW JOINING A LIST OF AT LEAST 17 WOMEN WHO HAVE ACCUSED THE PRESIDENT OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, INCLUDING SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE THE PRESIDENT SAYS THEY’RE ALL LYING BUT TRUMP INFAMOUSLY BRAGGED ABOUT LEWD CONDUCT TOWARDS WOMEN IN THAT 2005 LEAKED “ACCESS HOLLYWOOD” VIDEO DORIS SAYS SHE DECIDED TO COME FORWARD NOW BECAUSE OF HER TWIN TEENAGE DAUGHTERS >> I WANT THEM TO KNOW THAT YOU DON’T LET ANYBODY DO ANYTHING TO YOU THAT YOU DON’T WANT AND I’D RATHER BE A ROLE MODEL I WANT THEM TO SEE THAT I DIDN’T STAY QUIET >>> WE HAVE SOME BREAKING NEWS JUST IN TO OUR NEWSROOM, ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT FROM THE SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG DIED THIS EVENING SURROUNDED BY HER FAMILY AT HER HOME IN WASHINGTON, D.C. DUE TO CANCER SHE WAS 87 YEARS OLD FIRST, GINGER CHANG HAS MORE ON THE LIFE OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG >> Reporter: RUTH BECAUSER GINSBURG WAS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH >> ALL I ASK OF OUR BRETHREN IS THAT THEY TAKE THEIR FEET OFF OUR NECKS >> Reporter: BARELY FIVE FEET TALL BUT A LIBERAL GIANT ONLY THE SECOND FEMALE JUSTICE NAMED ON THE SUPREME COURT, SERVING THERE FOR MORE THAN A QUARTER CENTURY HER PATH TO THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND WAS NOT EASY, AS ONE OF THE FEW WOMEN AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL SHE FACED DISCRIMINATION AFTER GRADUATING FROM COLUMBIA IN THE ’50s HER TENACIOUSNESS IN THE CLASSROOM HIGHLIGHTED IN THE OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY ON GINSBURG TITLED “RBG,” PRODUCED BY JOURNALIST JULIE COHEN, AND BETSY WEST >> ONE OF NINE WOMEN IN A CLASS OF 500, TIED FOR FIRST IN HER CLASS AND THE BIG NEW YORK CITY LAW FIRMS JUST WEREN’T HIRING WOMEN >> NOT A LAW FIRM IN THE ENTIRE CITY OF NEW YORK BID FOR MY EMPLOYMENT >> Reporter: CHARGING FORWARD SHE BECAME A BELOVED LAW PROFESSOR AT RUTGERS AND WORKED AS A LAWYER FOR THE ACLU, SHE MAPPED OUT A LEGAL STRATEGY TO FILE LAWSUITS AGAINST GENDER BIAS IN EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING AND GOVERNMENT BENEFITS >> MEN AND WOMEN ARE PERSONS OF

EQUAL DIGNITY, AND THEY SHOULD COUNT EQUALLY BEFORE THE LAW >> YOU WON’T SETTLE FOR PUTTING SUSAN B. ANTHONY ON THE NEW DOLLAR? >> THEY WOULD SAY THINGS LIKE THIS HOW DID YOU RESPOND? >> WELL, NEVER IN ANGER AS MY MOTHER TOLD ME, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SELF-DEFEATING ALWAYS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH I DID SEE MYSELF AS KIND OF A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER IN THOSE DAYS BECAUSE THE JUDGES DIDN’T THINK SEX DISCRIMINATION EXISTED WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS I TRIED TO PLANT IN THEIR MINDS WAS THINK ABOUT HOW YOU WOULD LIKE THE WORLD TO BE FOR YOUR DAUGHTERS AND GRANDDAUGHTERS >> SHE WON, FIVE LANDMARK CASES, WHICH SHE ARGUED ON BEHALF OF WOMEN IN FRONT OF AN ALL MALE BENCH, LONG BEFORE SHE SAT ON IT GINSBURG WENT TON TO SERVE AS AN APPEALS COURT JUDGE IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL UNTIL THAT LIFE-CHANGING NOMINATION BY PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON IN 1993 >> I AM PROUD TO NOMINATE FOR ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT JUDGE RUTH BADER GINSBURG >> THAT ANNOUNCEMENT MAY NEVER HAVE HAPPENED HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE INTENSE LOBBYING EFFORT BY A STAUNCH FEMINIST, HER HUSBAND, MARTY GINSBURG >> HE REALLY FELT SHE WAS BRILLIANT AND SHE DESERVED IT AND IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY >> AT HER CONFIRMATION HEARING CHAIRED BY THEN SENATOR JOE BIDEN THE NOMINEE DID NOT SHY AWAY FROM HER FEMME NICE >> THIS IS SOMETHING CENTRAL TO A WOMAN’S LIFE, TO HER DIGNITY IT’S A DECISION THAT SHE MUST MAKE >> Reporter: THE SENATE CONFIRMED HER IN A SWEEPING 96-3 VOTE SHE BEGAN QUICKLY MAKING HER MARK ON HISTORIC CASES SHE’S PERHAPS BEST KNOWN FOR HER DECISION IN 1996, THAT STRUCK DOWN A MALE ONLY ADMISSIONS POLICY AT THE VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE, OPENING THE DOOR FOR WOMEN TO STUDY THERE >> IT’S JUSTICE GINSBURG, WRITING AN OPINION THAT BUILDS ON THE FOUNDATIONS THAT LAWYER RUTH BADER GINSBURG ESSENTIALLY HELPED TO LAY >> I KNOW THAT THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO DID NOT REACT WELL TO THE CHANGE AND MY RESPONSE TO THIS WAS, WAIT AND SEE YOU WILL BE PROUD OF THE WOMEN WHO BECOME GRADUATES OF VMI >> AND IN A LANDMARK CASE ON EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION IN 2007 GINSBURG WROTE A POWERFUL DISSENT THAT PROMPTED CONGRESS TO AMEND THE LAWS, NAMED FOR THE WOMAN WHO FILED THE CLAIM, THE LILY LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT BECAME ONE OF THE FIRST PIECES OF LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WHILE ON THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE GINSBURG WAS A CONSISTENTLY LIBERAL VOICE ON ISSUES LIKE ABORTION, VOTING RIGHTS, AND THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE OFF THE BENCH SHE WAS THE FIRST SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TO PERFORM A SAME SEX MARRIAGE CEREMONY HER TENURE WAS NOT WITHOUT CONTROVERSY, BREAKING TRADITION FOR A JUSTICE WHEN GINSBURG SPOKE OUT AGAINST THEN CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP, INCLUDING TO THE “NEW YORK TIMES.” CALLING HIM A, QUOTE, FAKER, SAYING I CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT THE COUNTRY WOULD BE WITH DONALD TRUMP AS OUR PRESIDENT GINSBURG LATER ADDING THAT HER COMMENTS WERE, QUOTE, ILL ADVISED AND THAT SHE REGRETTED MAKING THEM BUT THROUGHOUT IT ALL, JUSTICE GINSBURG WON THE RESPECT OF MANY CONSERVATIVES, WITH HER GRASP OF THE LAW AND HER CAREFULLY CRAFTED OPINION AS THE COURT SHIFTED TO THE RIGHT, HER SCATHING DISSENTS ELEVATED HER TO A POP CULTURE ICON INSPIRING LEGIONS OF YOUNG MANS AND FEMINISTS TO EMULATE HER FAMOUS OUTSPOKENNESS >> 25, 24, 23 >> Reporter: AND HER FITNESS ROUTINES, EARNING HER THE HIP-HOP INSPIRED NICKNAME, NOTORIOUS RBG >> MANY VARIETIES >> Reporter: HER FAME, BURNISHED BY HER FASHION STATEMENTS, HER DISTINCTIVE COLLARS BECOMING HER CALLING CARD >> AND THIS IS WHAT I USE FOR ANNOUNCING MAJORITY OPINIONS THIS ONE IS FOR DISSENTING OPINIONS >> Reporter: JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG HELPED FOCUS OUR COUNTRY ON ITS MOST BASIC VALUES OF JUSTICE AND EQUALITY, LEAVING A LEGACY OF MAJORITY OPINIONS AND POWERFUL DISSENTS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME >> OUR THANKS TO JUJU AND NOW LET’S BRING IN DEVIN DWYER YOU GOT A CHANCE TO KNOW BEYOND THE BLACK ROBE RUTH BADER GINSBURG AS A PERSON GIVE US A SENSE OF WHO SHE IS AND WHAT SHE WAS LIKE >> Reporter: I MET RUTH BADER GINSBURG IN HER CHAMBERS ABOUT A YEAR AGO SHE WAS BATTLING A COLD THAT DAY IT WAS BEFORE THIS LATEST RECURRENCE OF CANCER

AND I WAS STRUCK BY HER HUMILITY, HER ABSOLUTE FOCUS, DEDICATION TO THE LAW DESPITE THE CARICATURES OF HER OUT THERE, THE HOLLYWOOD PORTRAYALS, I FOUND HER TO BE AN INCREDIBLY SERIOUS, THOUGHTFUL AND CONSTRUCTIVE PERSON THAT’S WHAT WE’RE HEARING TONIGHT FROM THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT JOHN ROBERTS WHO, OF COURSE, WAS APPOINTED BY A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT HE SAYS GINSBURG WAS A JURIST OF HISTORIC STATURE, A CHERISHED COLLEAGUE AND SAYS THAT TODAY THE COURT MOURNS BUT WITH CONFIDENCE THE COURT WILL REMEMBER HER AS WE KNEW HERE A TIRELESS AND RESOLUTE CHAMPION OF JUSTICE >> WE SAW HER IN THAT PIECE, SHE WAS OFTEN KNOWN FOR WORKING OUT EVERY DAY, THAT RIGOROUS EXERCISE SHE HAD HAD PANCREATIC CANCER BEFORE, SEEMED TO HAVE BEAT IT AND HAD THIS RECURRENCE AGAIN TALK TO US ABOUT THE STRENGTH THAT SHE EXUDED, AND HER ABILITY TO OVERCOME ALL — A NUMBER OF HEALTH AILMENTS >> SHE CAME TO SYMBOLIZE JUST UNBELIEVABLE STRENGTH, LINSEY, PARTICULARLY FOR WOMEN IN A MAN’S WORLD SHE WAS THE SECOND WOMAN APPOINTED TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, SERVED THERE FOR OVER A QUARTER CENTURY AND SO THIS PASSING OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG IS NOT JUST THE LOSS OF A LEGAL LUMINARY AND A PUBLIC SERVANT FOR ALL THAT TIME BUT OF COURSE THIS IS A POP CULTURE ICON, A WOMAN THAT CAPTURED OUR IMAGINATION BY HER ABILITY TO DEFY DEATH FOUR TIMES AND SERVE VALIANTLY TO THE VERY END IN FACT, JUST LAST TERM SHE PARTICIPATED IN THE COURT BUSINESS YOU REMEMBER FROM THE HOSPITAL ROOM AS SHE WAS FIGHTING AN INFECTION, ASKING QUESTIONS OVER THE PHONE AND SO THAT STRENGTH AND DETERMINATION FELT BY SO MANY WOMEN AND MINORITIES FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY WAS HER CAUSE AND SHE SURE WAS RELENTLESS AND UNDAUNTED IN THAT WAY >> THERE’S A QUOTE THAT SHE SAID WOMEN WILL ONLY HAVE TRUE EQUALITY WHEN MEN SHARE WITH THEM THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BRINGING UP THE NEXT GENERATION AS MUCH AS SHE WAS A PIONEER IN HER OWN RIGHT, HER HUSBAND REALLY WAS SUCH A STRONG ADVOCATE AS WELL >> Reporter: YEAH, IT WAS A PARTNERSHIP IN MARRIAGE, AND BOY DID SHE MISS MARTY GINSBURG WHO PASSED AWAY MANY YEARS AGO FROM CANCER HIMSELF HE WAS THE CHEF THEIR MARRIAGE WAS A PARTNERSHIP, AND IT WAS A MODERN MARRIAGE, ONE SHE WAS SO PROUD OF IN FACT, IN OUR MEETINGS SHE TALKED REGULARLY OF MARTY AS SHE KNEW HIM AND, YOU KNOW, IN THAT WAY SHE USED HER PARTNERSHIP WITH HER HUSBAND TO CREATE SOME OF THE LEGAL ARGUMENTS, LINSEY, WHEN SHE WAS BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT HERSELF SHE MADE A TARGETED APPEAL NOT JUST FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS BUT FOR MEN’S RIGHTS ON THE BASIS OF SEX, VERY MUCH AN ARGUMENT SHE WANTED IT TO BE EQUAL FOR BOTH SIDES AND ONE OF HER FAMOUS CASES, TOOK UP THE CAUSE OF A WIDOWER WHO WAS STRUGGLING WITH SOCIAL SECURITY AND SO CERTAINLY MARTY IS — SHE’S TOGETHER WITH MARTY TONIGHT >> YOU KNOW, IT’S CERTAINLY SO EARLY, DEVIN, TO EVEN BEGIN TO TALK ABOUT IT BUT CERTAINLY A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE ASKING WHAT’S NEXT, AND WITH THE ELECTION LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AWAY WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AS FAR AS PRESIDENT TRUMP BEING ABLE TO POSSIBLY PUSH THROUGH ANOTHER NOMINEE? >> WELL, THIS, IN MANY WAYS, LINSEY, WAS HER WORST NIGHTMARE SHE NEVER, HERSELF, WANTED TO LEAVE IT TO A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, MUCH LESS DONALD TRUMP TO NAME HER REPLACEMENT AND TONIGHT DEMOCRATS ARE EXPERIENCING A NIGHTMARE THEY HAVE HOPED TO AVOID THERE HAS NEVER BEEN, YOU KNOW, AN APPOINTMENT AND CONFIRMATION OF A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE THIS LATE IN THE GAME WITH A DIVIDED CONGRESS LIKE WE HAVE RIGHT NOW SO REPUBLICANS ARE VOWING TO DO IT PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS SAID OPENLY AT SOME OF HIS CAMPAIGN RALLIES HE WOULD NOMINATE SOMEONE AND PUT THEM FORWARD WE ARE ALL BRACED FOR A PITCHED POLITICAL BATTLE BUT FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS OR SO IT’S WORTH KEEPING THE FOCUS ON A LEGENDARY JUSTICE WHO MEMBERS OF BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TONIGHT ARE REMEMBERING >> ABC EASE DEVIN DWYER, OUR THANKS TO YOU AND WE’LL OF COURSE HAVE MUCH MORE ON THE DEATH AND PASSING OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT STAND BY WHILE WE JOIN THE REST OF THE ABC NEWS TELEVISION NETWORK >> HOW DRAMATICALLY DO YOU THINK THIS WILL CHANGE THE DYNAMIC OF THE ELECTION COMING UP? >> THERE’S SO MANY OPEN QUESTIONS, BYRON, NUMBER ONE, REMEMBER WILL PRESIDENT TRUMP — WE KNOW HE’S GOING TO NOMINATE SOMEONE CLOSE TO IMMEDIATELY HE HAS A LIST READY HE HAS A MAJORITY IN THE SENATE, A REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE SENATE RIGHT NOW WILL HE BE ABLE TO FORCE THROUGH A REPLACEMENT FOR RUTH BADER GINSBURG IN THE LESS THAN SEVEN WEEKS THAT REMAIN UNTIL ELECTION DAY IN THE LAME DUCK SESSION THAT COMES AFTER THAT? IT’S AN OPEN QUESTION REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED WHEN JUSTICE SCALIA DIED AT THE END OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S TERM, MITCH

McCONNELL, IN THE SENATE, THE REPUBLICAN LEADER SAID WE’RE NOT GOING TO APPROVE, NOT GOING TO GIVE HEARINGS TO ANY REPLACEMENT THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA APPOINTS IN AN ELECTION YEAR HE HAS NOW GONE BACK ON THAT RULE SAYING THAT’S DIFFERENT BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT, REPUBLICAN, SAME PARTY IT’S UNCLEAR AT THIS POINT WHETHER DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE THE VOTES TO BLOCK ANY APPOINTMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD MAKE IN THESE FINAL SEVEN WEEKS BUT THIS WILL BECOME AN IMMEDIATE ISSUE IN THE ELECTION, IT’S AN OPEN QUESTION ON WHETHER OR NOT PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL BE ABLE TO REPLACE JUSTICE GINSBURG BUT IT WILL BECOME IMMEDIATELY THE CENTRAL ISSUE IN THE SELECTION >> AND GEORGE, A FINAL QUESTION YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF THE JUSTICE >> WELL, I ACTUALLY WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON APPOINTED HER BACK IN 1994 — 1993 AND IT WAS — YOU KNOW, SHE HAD SUCH PRESENCE, HAD SUCH HISTORY AND SHE HAD SUCH STRENGTH IT’S JUST, IT’S HARD TO SUMMARIZE IN ONE WORD OR ONE SENTENCE HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN LIFE BUT SHE MADE HER MARK ON THE LAW, SHE MADE HER MARK ON THE CULTURE, SHE MADE HER MARK ON POLITICS, AND SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR A LONG TIME >> AMEN ABC NEWS CHIEF ANCHOR GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS GEORGE, THANK YOU SO MUCH WE’RE TALKING NOW VIA PHONE TO ABC NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, JONATHAN KARL JONATHAN, WHAT’S BEEN THE REACTION, IF ANY, TO THIS POINT AT THE WHITE HOUSE >> BYRON, NOTHING YET BUT LET ME TELL YOU, I THINK THAT GEORGE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD HERE ABOUT THE FACT THAT THIS NOW SUDDENLY BECOMES IF NOT THE CENTRAL, CERTAINLY A CENTRAL ISSUE IN THIS CAMPAIGN 46 DAYS LEFT, DONALD TRUMP — WE DON’T HAVE ANY OFFICIAL WORD ON THIS, BUT I FULLY ANTICIPATE HE WILL ATTEMPT TO FILL THAT SEAT ON THE SUPREME COURT IT’S HARD FOR ME TO SEE THAT THERE’S ENOUGH TIME TO GET A JUSTICE CONFIRMED, TO GO THROUGH CONFIRMATION HEARINGS AND YOU GET A FINAL VOTE IN THE SENATE BUT THEY WILL TRY, I BELIEVE, AND THIS WILL BE SOMETHING THAT WILL BE ALL CONSUMING IN THIS CAMPAIGN YOU KNOW, SHE WAS OBVIOUSLY MORE THAN JUST A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SHE WAS AN AMERICAN ICON SHE WAS ALSO THE LIBERAL HEART OF THE SUPREME COURT I MEAN, THE SUPREME COURT, AS YOU KNOW, BRIYRON, IT’S A CONSERVATIVE 5-4 MAJORITY, BUT THAT FIFTY VOTE IS JUSTICE ROBERTS WHO SOMETIMES JOINS WITH THE LIBERALS AND THE IDEA OF DONALD TRUMP REPLACING THE LIBERAL CORE OF THE COURT WITH ANOTHER JUSTICE LIKE KAVANAUGH OR GORSUCH WOULD TILT THE COURT DECISIVELY PERHAPS FOR A GENERATION TO THE RIGHT AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT DEMOCRATS WILL FIGHT AND FIGHT AND FIGHT, YOU KNOW, WITH EVERYTHING THEY HAVE OVER THE NEXT 46 DAYS >> JOHN, WE’VE KNOWN FOR A WHILE NOW THAT SHE’S HAD SERIOUS HEALTH CHALLENGES, BUT THERE WAS ANY INDICATION IN AND AROUND THE WHITE HOUSE THAT THIS WAS IMMINENT? >> YOU KNOW, THE WHITE HOUSE DID NOT HAVE ANY VISIBILITY AS FAR AS I CAN TELL INTO ACCURATELY WHAT THE EXTENT OF HER HEALTH ISSUE WAS, BUT OBVIOUSLY THEY KNEW THAT IT WAS SERIOUS AS YOU SAW JUST RECENTLY, THE PRESIDENT LISTED HIS POTENTIAL SUPREME COURT NOMINEES FOR FUTURE PICKS NOW, THIS IS SOMETHING HE DID IN THE LAST CAMPAIGN AND IT WAS SOMETHING — THIS WAS PART OF HIS CAMPAIGN, HIS MESSAGE TO THE RIGHT IF I AM RE-ELECTED, I WILL PROMISE YOU THAT I WILL PICK MY SUPREME COURT NOMINEES IF I GET ANY FROM THIS LIST SO, LOOK, THEY’VE BEEN PREPARED FOR THIS EVENTUALITY, BUT I DON’T THINK THEY HAD ANY MORE KNOWLEDGE INTO HER HEALTH CONDITION AS YOU OR I DID >> DO WE EXPECT TO HEAR FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP OR ANYWHERE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TONIGHT? >> I’VE GOTTEN NOTHING ON THAT RIGHT NOW BYRON, I’VE BEEN ON THE PHONE WITH YOU FOR A LITTLE BIT, SO IT’S POSSIBLE THAT THERE’S WORD OUT THERE, BUT I EXPECT THE PRESIDENT — AS YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT WATCHES THE NEWS MORE CLOSELY THAN MOST PEOPLE THAT

WORK IN THE NEWS AND I’M SURE HE WILL HAVE A RESPONSE I’M SURE THERE WILL BE A RESPONSE A TRIBUTE TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG AND THEN VERY QUICKLY AFTER THAT A QUESTION ABOUT NEXT STEPS BUT THE FIRST STEP I WOULD FULLY ANTICIPATE FROM THE PRESIDENT WILL BE A TRIBUTE TO THE DEATH OF AN AMERICAN, YOU KNOW, TO AN AMERICAN ICON WHO HAS JUST DIED >> JONATHAN KARL, ABC’S CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, THANK YOU SO MUCH, MY FRIEND WE’RE JOINED NOW ON THE PHONE WITH MARY BRUCE, OUR CHIEF CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT MARY BRUCE, WHO’S BAT’S BEEN TH REACTION ON THE HILL? >> WE’RE SEEING HOW CONGRESS REACTS, BUT, OF COURSE, EVERYONE WONDERING WHAT ARE REPUBLICANS GOING TO DO NEXT? THE REPUBLICAN LEADER IN THE SENATE, MITCH McCONNELL, HAS MADE VERY CLEAR THAT HE WILL TRY TO FILL THIS SEAT, EVEN THOUGH WE ARE NOW UNDER 50 DAYS TO AN ELECTION TIMING HERE IS GOING TO BE CRITICAL THEY DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TIME, JUST UNTIL A TRANSITION IN EARLY JANUARY TO TRY TO FILL THIS SEAT BUT LEADER McCONNELL HAD MADE CLEAR THAT’S HIS INTENTION, EVEN THOUGH, OF COURSE, IT IS THE OPPOSITE OF AN ARGUMENT THAT HE MADE WHEN THERE WAS THE FIGHT OVER TRYING TO APPOINT MERRICK GARLAND IN 2016 MITCH McCONNELL SAID IT WOULD BE UP TO VOTERS TO MAKE THAT DECISION NOW HE SAYS IT’S A DIFFERENT SITUATION HE SAYS IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT GAME ESSENTIALLY BECAUSE HE SAYS CURRENTLY, OF COURSE, REPUBLICANS ARE IN CONTROL OF THE SENATE AND OF THE WHITE HOUSE HE SAYS THAT CHANGES THE CALCULUS DEMOCRATS ARE SPLITTING HAIRS THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO DELAY THIS REMEMBER, BECAUSE OF THE RULES CURRENTLY, REPUBLICANS CAN — THEY HAVE THE VOTES TO FILL THIS SEAT BUT OF COURSE, DEMOCRATS HAVE THE ABILITY TO TRY AND DELAY AND DELAY AND DELAY, AND I SUSPECT YOU WILL CERTAINLY SEE THAT TRYING TO FILL THIS SEAT IS, OF COURSE, A POTENTIALLY RISKY MOVE FOR TRUMP AND FOR REPUBLICANS A LOT OF EYES NOW ARE ON MODERATE REPUBLICANS, SEVERAL INCUMBENTS WHO ARE IN TIGHT RACES COULD ME POTENTIALLY BE SWAYED TO TRY TO OPPOSITE A RUSH TO FILL THIS SEAT? IT TAKES FOUR VOTES TO FLIP THIS, TO TRY TO BLOCK WHOEVER THE PRESIDENT PUTS FORWARD I THINK RIGHT NOW THE HILL, MUCH LIKE THE WHITE HOUSE, IS SIMPLY TRYING TO ABSORB THIS NEWS, THIS TRAGIC LOSS FOR THE COUNTRY BUT OF COURSE EVERYONE, GIVEN THE TIMING OF THIS, IS NOW COMPLETELY CHANGED THE CALCULUS >> MARY, SOME NEWS IS COMING IN ABC NEWS HAS CONFIRMED FROM SEVERAL SOURCES CLOSE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT HE WILL PUT FORWARD THE NEXT FEW DAYS THE NAME OF HIS NOMINEE >> THAT DOES NOT SURPRISE ME OF COURSE WE KNOW THAT THE PRESIDENT IS EAGER TO TRY AND FILL THE SEAT, MAINTAIN THE BALANCE — OR CHANGE THE BALANCE ON THE COURT, OF COURSE YOU KNOW, THIS IS GOING TO BE A LENGTHY PROCESS THERE’S TIME TO TRY TO FILL THIS SEAT, BUT THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS INSTANTANEOUSLY YOU HAVE PLENTY OF TIME FOR WHOMEVER IS PUT FORWARD TO GO THROUGH A CERTAIN VETTING PROCESS BUT REPUBLICANS, I SUSPECT, ARE GOING TO TRY AND DO THEIR HARDEST TO PUSH THROUGH WHOMEVER THE PRESIDENT MAY NAME >> MARY, FINAL QUESTION ANY SENSE OF WHAT KIND OF NOMINEE — CERTAINLY WE KNOW IT’LL BE A CONSERVATIVE WHAT KIND OF NOMINEE ARE WE EXPECTING THE PRESIDENT WILL PUT FORWARD? >> WELL, HE HAS FLOATED SOME NAMING, BUT CERTAINLY EVERYONE IS WONDERING EXACTLY WHO THIS WILL BE WE DO WE KNOW IT WILL BE A VERY CONSERVATIVE JUSTICE, THE PRESIDENT INTERESTED IN TRYING TO CHANGE THE BALANCE, BUT IT IS JUST SUCH A MONUMENTAL DECISION HE WILL HAVE TO PICK SOMEONE WHO IS NOT TOO CONTROVERSIAL, SOMEONE, OF COURSE, WHO CAN POTENTIALLY BE CONFIRMED IN NOW WHAT IS VERY SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME AND CERTAINLY WE HAVE SEEN IN HIS PREVIOUS NOMINEES FACE INTENSE SCRUTINY, JUST THE COFFIN CONFIRMATION HEARING WAS SOMETHING NOT THE WAY THAT THE PRESIDENT AND MANY EXPECTED IT TO GO DOWN SO IF THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO DO THIS QUICKLY, IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE SOMEONE REPUBLICANS CAN UNITE AROUND, ESPECIALLY GETTING THE SUPPORT OF VULNERABLE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE IN DIFFICULT POLITICAL POSITIONS RIGHT NOW >> MARY BRUCE, ABC’S CHIEF CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT, THANK YOU SO MUCH JOINING US NOW VIA PHONE IS KATE SHAW, LONGTIME SUPREME COURT CORRESPONDENT KATE, YOUR REACTION TO THIS NEWS AND WHAT ARE YOU HEARING FROM YOUR SOURCES AT THE SUPREME COURT? >> WELL, I SHARE THE SENSATION THAT GEORGE AND OTHERS HAVE VOICED, THAT THIS IS JUST A HUGE UPHEAVAL IN AMERICAN LAW AND

AMERICAN LIFE THAT SHE WAS A GIANT SO I THINK WE’RE ALL STILL ABSORBING THE NEWS ALTHOUGH OF COURSE EVERYONE KNEW THAT SHE WAS SICK AND WAS UNDERGOING TREATMENT FOR CANCER SHE DID APPEAR IN PUBLIC AS RECENTLY AS A WEEK AND A HALF AGO, SO SHE APPEARED TO BE IN DECENT HEALTH SO THIS TOOK MANY BY SURPRISE I MEAN, ONE THING I THINK WE SHOULD SAY IS THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT, YOU KNOW, ROE v. WADE IS SOMETHING NO ONE HAS MENTIONED YET THAT IS A DECISION THAT VERY MUCH IS HANGING BY A THREAD THERE’S AN EVENLY DIVIDED SUPREME COURT WITH FOUR STAUNCH CONSERVATIVES THERE WERE UNTIL TODAY FOUR LIBERALS CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS AS THE NEW SWING HE CAST A VOTE WITH THE LIBERAL JUSTICES A FEW MONTHS AGO TO PRESERVE THE RIGHT TO AN ABORTION ANNOUNCED IN ROE v WADE IN 1973, BUT ONLY, AGAIN, BY THE NARROWEST OF MARGINS AND I THINK THERE’S NO QUESTION IF PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING A REPLACEMENT CONFIRMED, ROE v. WADE WILL BE OVERTURNED IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE IN FACT, THAT’S WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED HIMSELF ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN 2016 AND EVEN BEFORE THAT SO I THINK THAT THAT IS VERY MUCH WHAT IS AT STAKE IN THIS SORT OF CONFIRMATION BATTLE I MEAN, ONE OTHER THING I’LL SAY IS THAT IF THE WHITE HOUSE MOVES QUICKLY TO PUT A NAME FORWARD AND IT SOUNDS AS THOUGH THEY WILL, I PRESUME THEY WILL CHOOSE SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN CONFIRMED TO A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT RELATIVELY RECENTLY SO THERE’S A DEGREE OF CERTAINTY THAT THE PROCESS COULD BE SMOOTH BUT AS WE SAW WITH BRETT KAVANAUGH, SOMETIMES THE UNEXPECTED OCCURS IN A CONFIRMATION PROCESS AND CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD’S COMING FORWARD NEARLY DERAILED HIS CONFIRMATION PROCESS SO THERE’S A DEGREE OF UNCERTAINTY EVEN IF THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS TO MOVE QUICKLY, THERE’S ONLY SO MUCH THAT IS WITHIN ITS CONTROL >> WE’LL HAVE PLENTY TO TALK ABOUT FOR THE DAYS AND WEEKS TO COME BUT ABOUT JUSTICE GINSBURG, WE KNOW HOW HER FANS FELT ABOUT HER HOW ABOUT HER PEERS IN THE SUPREME COURT? >> WELL, SHE WAS FIERCE HER COLLEAGUES ON THE COURT, THE LAWYERS WHO ARGUED BEFORE HER KNEW WHEN YOU WERE DISCUSSING ANYTHING WITH JUSTICE GINSBURG YOU HAD TO BRING YOUR, A GAME SHE WAS THE PREPARED, THE MOST WELL-READ AND PRECISE IN HER ANALYSES SHE HAD HIGH STANDARDS FOR EVERYONE AROUND HER AND HERSELF BUT I THINK BECAUSE SHE IMPOSED THOSE STANDARDS ON HERSELF, SHE WAS BELOVED AND RESPECTED BY VIRTUALLY EVERYONE WHO CAME INTO CONTACT WITH HER I MEAN, SHE WAS FAMOUSLY CLOSE WITH JUSTICE SCANTONIN SCALIA W DIED IN 2016 THOUGH THEY DISAGREED ON EVERYTHING IN AMERICAN LAW, THERE WAS A DEGREE OF MUTUAL RESPECT AND AFFECTION BECAUSE THEY WERE BOTH JUST SUCH CRAFTSMEN AND SUCH — THEY WERE BOTH SORT OF AT THE TOP OF THEIR RESPECTIVE GAMES AND THEY HAD A WARM PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP I’M NOT SURE SHE WAS AS CLOSE TO ALL OF HER COLLEAGUES ON THE COURT AS THAT, BUT I THINK THEY ALL HAD A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT FOR HER AND JUST THE AMERICAN LEGAL PROFESSION IN GENERAL SHE SORT OF WAS IN A CATALOG OF HER OWN EVEN BEFORE SHE BECAME THIS ICON IN THE WIDER CULTURE, PARTICULARLY TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO EMBRACED THE NOTORIOUS RBG >> THANK YOU SO MUCH WE’RE GOING TO GO BACK TO GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS GEORGE, FOR YOUR FINAL THOUGHTS ON THIS INCREDIBLY SAD EVENING FOR YOUR NATION >> THIS IS SOMETHING WE’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE WE’RE NOW LESS THAN SEVEN WEEKS FROM A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE HAS DIED A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE WHOSE DEATH OPENS UP THE POSSIBILITY OF CHANGING THE BALANCE OF THE SUPREME COURT FOR A GENERATION I WOULD SAY IN THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS TO KEEP YOUR EYE NOT ONLY ON PRESIDENT TRUMP AND FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, BUT ON SEVERAL KEY SENATORS LOOK AT SUSAN COLLINS OF MANE, CORY GARDNER OF IDAHO, LISA MURKOWSKI, TOM TILLIS, EVEN LINDSEY GRAHAM, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA THE DECISIONS THOSE SENATORS MAKE IN THESE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS WILL DETERMINE THE COURSE OF THE SUPREME COURT, PERHAPS THE COURSE OF THE COUNTRY FOR ANOTHER GENERATION >> INDEED GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, THANK YOU SO MUCH I KNOW YOU HAVE MORE ON “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” IN THE MORNING THANK YOU VERY MUCH >>> LATER WE’LL HAVE A SPRECHBS L COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT HER LIFE AND LEGACY SUPREME COURT RUTH BADER GINSBURG HAS DIED THIS EVENING AT THE AGE OF 87 WE’LL HAVE MORE DEVELOPMENTS THROUGHOUT THIS EVENING THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING THIS HAS BEEN A SPECIAL REPORT FROM ABC NEWS >>> OUR COVERAGE CONTINUES ON ABC NEWS LIVE

I WANT TO BRING DEVIN DWYER BACK IN WHO JOINS US ON THE PHONE YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT JUST THE TIMES THAT WE’RE LIVING IN AND HOW INCENDIARY THEY ARE, TALK TO US ABOUT THE BATTLE THAT IS LIKELY AHEAD AS FAR AS TRUMP TRYING TO GET IN A NOMINEE ON THE SUPREME COURT >> I MEAN, GEORGE JUST SAID IT, LINSEY, BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EXTRAORDINARY BATTLE BEFORE THE ELECTION AND AFTER DURING THE LAME DUCK PERIOD, AFTER WE’VE PICKED OUR NEXT PRESIDENT REPUBLICANS BLOCKED MERRICK GARLAND SAYING WE SHOULD LEAVE IT TO THE VOTERS HERE NOW REPUBLICANS ARE VOWING TO PUSH AHEAD WHAT’S AT STAKE, AND WE HEARD REPORTING FROM MARY BRUCE AND KATE SHAW IS THE WHOLE BALANCE OF THE COURT RIGHT NOW IT’S A 5-4 SPLIT ON THE COURT BETWEEN REPUBLICAN-APPOINTED JUSTICES AND DEMOCRATIC-APPOINTED JUSTICES WITH CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS REALLY PLAYING THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE, THE MODERATING FORCE SIDING WITH GAYS AND LESBIANS IN THAT MAJOR EMPLOYMENT CASE THIS TERM BUT HE MAY ACTUALLY BE PUSHED ASIDE IF A SIXTH REPUBLICAN-APPOINTED VERY LIKELY CONSERVATIVE NOMINEE IS ADDED TO THIS COURT BY DONALD TRUMP AND SUCCESSFULLY CONFIRMED WHEN I THINK IT COULD SET OFF, LINSEY, YOU’RE GOING TO START TO SEE DEMOCRATS PACKING THE COURT, CHANGING THE NUMBER OF JUSTICES TRYING TO DO THAT AT LEAST IF THEY GET CONTROL AT SOME POINT DOWN THE LINE TO COUNTER WHAT DONALD TRUMP HAS DONE HERE SO THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY UGLY POLITICAL BATTLE THAT COULD HAVE SERIOUS RAMIFICATIONS FOR NOT JUST THE FUTURE OF THE COURT BUT FOR SOME MAJOR CASES IN THE PIPELINE AS WELL >> POTENTIALLY CHANGING THE BALANCE ON THE SUPREME COURT, INCLUDING, OF COURSE, ROE v WADE LET’S BRING IN JOHN SANTUCCI IN WASHINGTON JOHN, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING RIGHT NOW FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION? >> LINSEY, I’VE SPOKEN TO MULTIPLE SOURCES CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT TONIGHT THAT SAY THE PRESIDENT IS EXPECTED TO PUT FORTH A NOMINEE IN THE COMING DAYS THIS IS NOT AWFULLY SURPRISING IN A SENSE WITH THIS PRESIDENT HE HAS BEEN EAGER TO LEAVE HIS MARK ON THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM, HAS SAID REPEATED THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN SEASON THAT HE ALWAYS WANTED TO GET ANOTHER SUPREME COURT JUSTICE IT’S UNBELIEVABLE THIS HAS HAPPENED AS DIDN’T HAVE AND GEORGE SAID, BUT MY SOURCES TELL ME, LINSEY, THAT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS AS THE WHITE HOUSE WAS GETTING A SENSE THAT GINSBURG WAS IN FAILING HEALTH, THEY STARTED TO MEET WITH THE PRESIDENT AND DISCUSS A LIST OF INDIVIDUALS THAT WOULD COME FORWARD YOU MAY PROCEED RECALL JUST IN A MATTER OF THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS THE PRESIDENT HELD AN EVENT WHERE HE ANNOUNCED HIS EXTENDED LIST OF POTENTIAL NOMINEES THAT INCLUDED DOZENS OF INDIVIDUALS, INCLUDING A FEW UNITED STATES SENATORS BUT I’M TOLD TONIGHT THIS LIST FOR A POTENTIAL REPLACEMENT IS SHORT IT INCLUDES AT LEAST ONE WOMAN AND MULTIPLE SOURCES TELL US TONIGHT, LINSEY, THAT ONE OF THE LEADING CONTENDERS THERE IS FEDERAL JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT OF THE SHE’S BEEN ON DONALD TRUMP’S SHORT LIST BEFORE FOR THE TRUE PREVIOUS VACANCIES CONSERVATIVE JUDGE, A MOM, YOUNGER, AND SOMEONE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD A GOOD JIVE WITH HE HAS INTERVIEWED HER IN PERSON FOR THE PREVIOUS SEATS THAT HE HAD TO FILL, DIDN’T END UP GOING WITH HER, BUT I’M TOLD BY MULTIPLE SOURCES SHE’S A LEADING CONTENDER >> JOHN SANTUCCI, THANK YOU SO MUCH LET’S BRING IN KATE SHAW YOU WERE MENTIONING A WHILE AGO JUST THE POHORENCE OF ROE v WADE AND THE IMPLICATIONS POTENTIALLY HERE I’M SORRY, DAN AABRAMS, OUR LEGAL ANALYST DAN SAME QUESTION TO YOU “F” YOU’RE ABLE TO KIND OF SPEAK TO THE IMPLICATIONS OF ROE v WADE HERE >> LOOK, ROE v. WADE HAS BEEN BARELY HANGING ON FOR YEARS NOW WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF KIND OF TECHNICAL RULINGS THAT HAVE UPHELD ROE v WADE BUT ALWAYS THE REASONING HAS BEEN IN EFFECT, WELL, THIS ISN’T THE RIGHT CASE OR THIS SPECIFIC ISSUE HAS BEEN ADDRESSED, ET CETERA THEY HAVEN’T REALLY BEEN DEALING WITH THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION OF ARE WE GOING TO OVERTURN ROE v WADE YOU HAD A FEW JUSTICES ON THE COURT SAY THAT THEY WOULD OVERTURN ROE v. WADE I THINK THAT YOU CAN’T OVERSTATE HOW SIGNIFICANT THIS IS, BEYOND JUST ABORTION, IMMIGRATION, VOTING RIGHTS IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON IN TERMS OF THE ISSUES WHERE THERE

HAVE BEEN 5-4 RULINGS WHERE A FLIP FROM GINSBURG TO A CONSERVATIVE JUSTICE WILL SIMPLY CHANGE THE OUTCOME AND THAT’S NOT WHAT WE’VE SEEN UP TO THIS POINT WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CHOICE REMEMBER, YOU HAD JUSTICE KENNEDY WHO STEPPED DOWN HE WAS REPLACED BY NEIL GORSUCH YES, A LITTLE MORE CONSERVATIVE THAN KENNEDY, BUT NOT A FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE ON THE COURT YOU HAVE SCALIA — SORRY, SCALIA TO GORSUCH, AND THEN YOU HAVE THE KAVANAUGH APPOINTMENT AS WELL WITH REGARD TO KENNEDY SO YOU HAVE — YOU HAVE THESE CHANGES THAT WERE NOT THAT SIGNIFICANT IN TERMS OF THE MAKEUP OF THE COURT NOW THAT JUSTICE GINSBURG HAS DIED AND THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPOINT SOMEONE WHO WILL BE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN CONSERVATIVE TO VERY CONSERVATIVE, IT IS GOING TO FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE A WHOLE HOST OF RULINGS IN A WAY THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN BEFORE AND SO THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION FOR THE COURT IS GOING TO BE HOW MUCH DO THEY RESPECT AN ISSUE WHICH EVERY SUPREME COURT JUSTICE IS ASKED ABOUT IN THEIR CONFIRMATION HEARING, MEANING HOW MUCH DO YOU GIVE CREDENCE TO PREVIOUS RULINGS TO SAY WE’RE GOING TO KEEP THAT, WE’RE GOING TO RESPECT THE FACT THAT THE COURT HAS ALREADY RULED ON THAT VERSUS SIMPLY OVERTURNING A WHOLE HOST OF SUPREME COURT PRECEDENT >> WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE TIME FRAME, THE TIME LINE HERE AS FAR AS ELECTION DAY THAT’S 50 DAYS AWAY, ANY WAY YOU CAN GIVE AN INDICATION IF YOU THINK THAT THE REPUBLICANS WOULD BE ABLE TO GET A NOMINEE IN? >> LOOK, THE AVERAGE AMOUNT OF TIME THESE SORTS OF THINGS TAKE IS ABOUT 70 DAYS, RIGHT? IF YOU PUT IN THE 40 SOMETHING DAYS FROM NOW UNTIL ELECTION DAY, YOU ADD A COUPLE MONTHS, YOU’RE RIGHT ON THE BORDER THERE THE QUESTION’S GOING TO BE ARE THEY GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET THE 50 VOTES THAT THEY NEED I DON’T THINK IT’S A QUESTION PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GOING TO TRY TO GET IT THROUGH THE QUESTION IS GOING TO BE DO THEY GET IT DO THEY HAVE THOSE VOTES AND I THINK IN PART, THAT’S GOING TO DEPEND ON — EXCUSE ME — WHO PRESIDENT TRUMP APPOINTS AND I THINK HE’S GOING TO BE VERY STRATEGIC ABOUT THAT HE’S GOING TO TRY TO APPOINT SOMEONE WHO HAS PROBABLY SOMEONE ON AN APPELLATE COURT YOU READ THE REPORTING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF AMY BARRETT, SOMEONE WHO’S ALREADY BEEN CONFIRMED TO AN APPELLATE COURT IF THAT’S THE CASE, THERE’S NO QUESTION THAT REPUBLICANS COULD CERTAINLY TRY TO MOVE FORWARD AND PROBABLY COULD IF THEY HAVE THE VOTES MOVE FORWARD AND CONFIRM A NOMINEE BEFORE THE NEXT PRESIDENT WITH DONALD TRUMP FOR FOUR YEARS OR JOE BIDEN TAKES OVER IN 2021 >> WE HEARD FROM SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM WHO HAS JUST TWEETED ABOUT THE PASSING OF RBG SAYING IT WAS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I LEARNED OF THE PASSING OF JUSTICE GINSBURG, A TRAILBLAZER WHO DISPLAYED TREMENDOUS PA PASSION I APPRECIATE HER SERVICE TO OUR NATION MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS MAY SHE REST IN PEACE KATE SHAW, WHAT’S INTERESTING HERE IS THAT THE SENATOR GIS HIS WELL WISHES BUT DOES NOT GIVE ANY PARTICULAR INDICATION AS FAR AS WHERE HE WILL STAND ON FILLING HER SPOT WE DID HEAR FROM LISA MURKOWSKI TODAY SAYING SHE WOULD NOT CONFIRM A NEW SCOTUS JUSTICE UNTIL AFTER INAUGURATION DAY FAIR IS FAIR, SHE SAYS KATE, SAME QUESTION TO YOU WHAT IS YOUR SENSE AS FAR AS HOW QUICKLY THINGS MAY HAPPEN AND HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP IN WHAT WOULD POTENTIALLY CHANGE THE BALANCE ON THE SUPREME COURT? >> YOU KNOW, ON THE SUBSTANCE, STAKES JUST COULDN’T BE HIGHER IN PARTICULAR, I THINK THAT’S TRUE ABOUT ABORTION WHERE ROE v WADE IS HANGING BY A THREAD IN THE SUPREME COURT EVEN THE SUPREME COURT WITH JUSTICE GINSBURG ON IT, THAT WAS TRUE THE CHIEF JUSTICE, CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS, CAST THE FIFTH VOTE NARROWLY TO REAFFIRM ESSENTIALLY THE RIGHT TO AN ABORTION GUARANTEED IN THE CONSTITUTION UNDER ROE v. WADE FROM 1973 BUT I THINK IT’S PRETTY CLEAR THAT ANOTHER STAUNCH CONSERVATIVE JUSTICE ON THE COURT REPLACING JUSTICE GI GINSBURG — THAT’S JUST ONE EXAMPLE THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER AREAS OF LAW IN WHICH A SOLID FIVE-MEMBER CONSERVATIVE

MAJORITY, WHETHER WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE DEATH PENALTY, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, VARIOUS ELECTION-RELATED MATTERS, THE LIST IS LONG SO I DO THINK ON THE SUBSTANCE, THIS IS JUST A MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT, AND IT WOULD BE HUGE FOR THE BALANCE OF THE COURT IF PURPOSE WERE SUCCESSFUL IN HAVING SOMEONE CONFIRMED YOU KNOW, ON THE QUESTION OF HOW POSSIBLE IT IS, I THINK IT’S VERY MUCH AN OPEN QUESTION THIS TYPICALLY DOES TAKE MONTHS AT LEAST FROM START TO FINISH IDENTIFYING A CANDIDATE, HAVING ALL THE VETTING AND BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION COMPLETED AND THEN THE SENATE SCRUTINY AND CONFIRMATION PROCESS ALL OF THAT CAN BE ACCELERATED BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE — PROBABLY THE FASTEST CONFIRMATION CERTAINLY IN THE MODERN ERA IF IT WERE TO HAPPEN YOU KNOW, BEFORE THE ELECTION, IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE THE BIG QUESTION IS NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER AND REMEMBER, WE COULD BE GOING INTO A SEASON IN WHICH THERE IS, YOU KNOW, ELECTION-RELATED LITIGATION IF A SUPREME COURT ULTIMATELY NEEDS TO RESOLVE QUESTIONS ABOUT COUNTING METHODS, QUESTIONS ABOUT VOTING BY MAIL AND SO, YOU KNOW, THE COURT AND THE ELECTION ARE CLOSELY CONNECTED IN MORE THAN ONE WAY BUT I THINK THAT A LOT IS GOING TO TURN ON WHAT SOME OF THESE PIVOTAL SENATORS, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE LIKE MURKOWSKI, SUSAN COLLINS AND OTHER MODERATE SENATORS WHO MAY BE UNWILLING TO APPEAR SORT OF HYPOCRITICAL IN LIGHT OF THE THE POSITION IN 2016, WHICH WAS THAT IN AN ELECTION YEAR AN OUTGOING PRESIDENT SHOULDN’T BE ABLE TO HAVE A REPLACEMENT CONFIRMED BUT SHOULD HAVE TO WAIT FOR AN INTERVENING ELECTION >> I’D LIKE TO BRING IN GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE SAME QUESTION TO YOU, GOVERNOR I WAS READING FROM “THE HILL” AN ARTICLE FROM JUNE OF 2019 WHERE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ASKED A VERY SIMILAR QUESTION ABOUT A NOMINEE, GETTING THEM IN IN SHORT ORDER, AND HE SAID I’D DO IT IF THERE WERE ONLY THREE DAYS LEFT I’D PUT SOMEBODY UP HOPING THAT I COULD GET IT DONE IN THREE DAYS, OKAY? GIVE US A SENSE OF YOUR THOUGHT AS FAR AS THIS TIME LINE HOW CLOSE WE ARE TO THE ELECTION THE LIKELIHOOD THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD BE ABLE TO GET A NOMINEE IN >> FIRST OFF, LINSEY, I FEEL COMPELLED TO SAY THAT RUTH BADER GINSBURG WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN AND AN ICON IN OUR COUNTRY SHE WAS A GROUND BREAKER FOR WOMEN SHE WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY PERSON WHO I HAD THE GOOD FORTUNATE TO MEET, EXTRAORDINARY SENSE OF HUMOR ON TOP OF AN INCREDIBLE MIND NO MATTER WHERE YOU SIT ON THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM TONIGHT, THIS IS A LOSS FOR THE COUNTRY TO LOSE SOMEBODY LIKE RUTH BADER GINSBURG WHO HAS BEEN SUCH A PIONEER AND SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON SO THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT TONIGHT THE POLITICS OF THIS IS PRETTY SIMPLE, AND I THINK — I DON’T KNOW WHO OUR LAST GUEST WAS, BUT I HEARD THE TAIL END OF HER STATEMENT AND THE KEY THING SHE SAID WAS AN OUTGOING PRESIDENT WE DON’T KNOW THAT WE HAVE AN OUTGOING PRESIDENT HERE WE COULD HAVE A PRESIDENT RE-ELECTED ON NOVEMBER 3rd AND SO I THINK, REALLY, YOU KNOW, GIVEN WHAT WE’RE CONCERNED ABOUT TOO WITH THE REAL POTENTIAL FOR LITIGATION OVER THIS ELECTION BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE REALLY CRAZY STUFF THAT’S GOING ON RELATED TO COVID IN THE COUNTRY THAT WILL AFFECT VOTING IN A SIGNIFICANT WAY WE ALREADY HAVE FEDERAL CASES GOING ON IT IS NOT — IT IS NOT UNLIKELY THAT AN ELECTION CHALLENGE COULD GO ALL THE WAY UP TO THE SUPREME COURT YOU DO NOT WANT A 4-4 COURT IN THAT CIRCUMSTANCE BECAUSE IF IF YOU HAVE A 4-4 DECISION ON A KEY MATTER LIKE BUSH VERSUS GORE WAS, IT THROWS THE COUNTRY INTO COMPLETE TURMOIL SO THE SENATE IS GOING TO TALK WITH EACH OTHER THERE’S NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO UNEMPLOYMENT SOMEONE HE’S BEEN CLEAR ON THAT NOW IT’S IN THE HANDS OF SENATOR McCONNELL HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO TALK TO HIS CAUCUS AND SEE IF HE’S GOT 50 VOTES WITH VICE PRESIDENT PENCE AND A TIEBREAKER IF NECESSARY TO BE ABLE TO CONFIRM CANDIDATES TO FILL JUSTICE GINSBURG’S SEAT THAT’S GOING TO DETERMINE IF IT’S GOING TO BE UP TO MITCH McCONNELL WHERE HE THINKS HE CAN GET IT DONE OR HE CAN’T THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN OBAMA SITUATION BECAUSE THERE’S NO DOUBT BARACK OBAMA WAS LEAVING ON JANUARY 20th OF 2017 HERE DONALD TRUMP COULD VERY WELL BE GOING FOR HIS SECOND INAUGURATION OF JANUARY 20 OF 2021 >> YOU’VE BEEN GIVING US INSIGHT ON THE LEGALITY OF IT TALK TO US ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE COUNTRY WHICH IS ALREADY SO DIVIDED AND THE POLITICAL FOOTBALL NOW AT PLAY >> WELL, THERE’S NO DOUBT, LINSEY, THAT THIS WILL, AGAIN — PEOPLE WILL GO TO THEIR PARTISAN CORNERS FOR THE MOST PART I HOPE NOT EVERYBODY DOES I CERTAINLY WON’T I’M GOING TO TRY TO GIVE THE

JUDGMENT TO WHO THE PRESIDENT NOMINATES AND SEE IF THEY’RE A QUALIFIED CANDIDATE OR NOT BUT THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT WILL — BUT NO MATTER WHEN THIS HAPPENS, THERE WAS GOING TO BE — THIS WAS GOING TO BE AN INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT DECISION IF IT WAS A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT REPLACING A LIBERAL ON THE SUPREME COURT IN THE SAME WAY THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF PROBLEMS FOR A LIBERAL PRESIDENT TO BE REPLACING A CONSERVATIVE ICON, WHETHER IT WAS SOMEBODY LIKE SAM ALITO OR CLARENCE THOMAS, THOSE FOLKS ON THE COURT, WOULD ALSO BE VERY DIFFICULT SO IT WILL BE HIGH-PITCHED, IT WILL BE DIFFICULT LIKE EVERYTHING IS IN POLITICS RIGHT NOW, AND IT’S GOING TO BE UP TO MITCH McCONNELL HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE ABLE TO READ AS HE DOES SO VERY WELL THE MOOD OF HIS CAUCUS AND WHETHER OR NOT HE CAN BRING THEM AROUND TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS >> GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE, OUR THANKS TO YOU KATE SHAW, I’D LIKE TO BRING YOU BACK TAKING A STEP BACK, BECAUSE WE DID DELVE RIGHT INTO THE POLITICS OF IT ALL, GIVE US A SENSE IN YOUR ESTIMATION THE ICON THAT RUTH BADER GINSBURG, ALSO KNOWN AS NOTORIOUS RBG WAS >> AS A LITIGATOR AND THEN AS A JUSTICE, SHE’S FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED THE FACE OF AMERICAN LAW SHE SINGLE HANDEDLY CRAFTED A LITIGATION STRATEGY IN THE 1970s THAT GOT THE SUPREME COURT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION DIDN’T PERMIT STATES TO DRAW DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN ON THE BASIS OF OUTDATED AND STEREOTYPED NOTIONS OF MEN SERVING AS BREADWINNERS AND WOMEN AS CAREGIVERS BECAUSE THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF LAWS ACROSS THE STATES THAT REST ON THOSE DISTINCTIONS UNTIL THE YOUNG RBG LITIGATED AND WON THESE CASES THAT ENDED UP REALLY CHANGING THE FACE OF AMERICAN LAW SO SHE WAS AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT LAWYER YEARS AND YEARS BEFORE SHE WAS A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE AND A HOUSEHOLD NAME SHE QUIETLY CRAFTED THIS LITIGATION STRATEGY WITH THE ACLU IN THE ’70s AND THEN WAS A LAW PROFESSOR AT THE SAME TIME AND A JUDGE ON THE D.C. CIRCUIT AND ELEVATED BY PRESIDENT CLINTON FOR THE SUPREME COURT SHE’S TINY IN STATURE WHEN YOU GO IN TO ARGUE AT THE SUPREME COURT, YOU COULD ALMOST NOT SEE HER BEHIND THE BENCH BECAUSE SHE WAS SO SMALL, IN JUST FIERCE WHEN SHE OPENED HER MOUTH, ALWAYS THE MOST PREPARED, INCREDIBLY INSIGHTFUL QUESTIONS, FAMOUSLY GOT HER OPINIONS DRAFTED FASTER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THE BENCH, EVEN AS RECENTLY AS MAY WHEN A COURT WAS HEARING ARGUMENTS TELEPHONICALLY BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC SHE WAS AN ACTIVE QUESTIONER, ALTHOUGH WE LATER LEARNED SHE HAD A RECURRENCE OF A CANCER SHE PARTICIPATED IN ONE HEARING FROM A HOSPITAL BED BUT AGAIN, ACTIVE AND ENGAGED, YOU KNOW, ALMOST NEVER MISSED A DAY ON THE BENCH SO JUST AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT PLAYER IN SHAPING THE FACE OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND, YOU KNOW, JUST A FIERCE JUSTICE, I WOULD SAY LOVED AND RESPECTED AND A LITTLE BIT FEARED BY EVERYONE AROUND HER BECAUSE SHE HAD SUCH HIGH STANDARDS FOR HERSELF AND EVERYONE ELSE SO IT’S JUST A MASSIVE LOSS BOTH PERSONALLY FOR THE BODY OF AMERICAN LAW AND FOR THE COUNTRY MORE BROADLY RIGHT KATE, TO YOUR POINT, SHE WAS BARELY 5’0″ BUT THAT TINY STATURE, DESPITE THAT SHE LOOMED LARGER THAN LIFE GINSBURG WAS NOMINATED BY PRESIDENT CLINTON IN 1993 AND WAS KNOWN AS RBG HER WORDS WERE CLOSELY FOLLOWED ALONG THE WAY LET’S TAKE A LISTEN TO RBG IN HER OWN WORDS >> IF CONFIRMED, I WILL TAKE THAT COUNSEL TO HEART AND STRIVE TO WRITE OPINIONS THAT BOTH GET IT RIGHT AND KEEP IT TIGHT A SYSTEM OF JUSTICE WILL BE THE RICHER FOR DIVERSITY OF BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE IT WILL BE THE POORER IN TERMS OF APPRECIATING WHAT IS AT STAKE AND THE IMPACT OF ITS JUDGMENTS IF ALL OF ITS MEMBERS ARE CAST FROM THE SAME MOLD >> THE ANNOUNCEMENT THE PRESIDENT JUST MADE IS SIGNIFICANT, I BELIEVE, BECAUSE IT CONTRIBUTES TO THE END OF THE DAYS WHEN WOMEN, AT LEAST HALF THE TALENT POOL IN OUR SOCIETY, APPEAR IN HIGH PLACES ONLY AS ONE AT A TIME PERFORMERS

WHAT HAS BECOME CAN ONLY HAPPEN IN AMERICA LIKE SO MANY OTHERS, I OWE SO MUCH TO THE ENTRY THIS NATION AFFORDED TO PEOPLE YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE IN MY LIFETIME, I EXPECT THERE WILL BE AMONG FEDERAL JUDICIAL NOMINEES BASED ON THE EXCELLENCE OF THEIR QUALIFICATIONS AS MANY SISTERS AS BROTHERS IN LAW >> IT IS A SIGN OF HUGE PROGRESS M MADE TO TODAY’S YOUTH, JUDGESHIP ASPIRATIONS FOR A GIRL IS NOT OUTLANDISH HOW FORTUNATE I WAS TO BE ALIVE AND A LAWYER WHEN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN U.S. HISTORY IT BECAME POSSIBLE TO URGE SUCCESSFULLY BEFORE LEGISLATORS AND COURTS THE EQUAL CITIZENSHIP STATURE OF MEN AND WOMEN WE ARE A NATION MADE STRONG BY PEOPLE LIKE YOU PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRAVELED LONG DISTANCES, OVERCOME GREAT OBSTACLES, AND MADE TREMENDOUS SACRIFICES, ALL TO PROVIDE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES THE >> A WORD ABOUT THE NOTORIETY I HAVE IT IS AMAZING THAT AT MY ADVANCED AGE, 85, SO MANY PEOPLE WANT TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH ME [ LAUGHTER ] >> SO IN THE DAYS WHEN I WAS A FLAMING FEMINIST LITIGATOR, I NEVER SAID TO JUDGES WHO ASKED AN IMPROPER QUESTION, YOU SEXIST PIG [ LAUGHTER ] >> I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH A RATIO FOUR MEN TO EVERY WOMAN IT WAS THE IDEAL PLACE FOR PARENTS OF A DAUGHTER [ LAUGHTER ] YOU COULDN’T FIND A MAN AT CORNELL, YOU WERE HOPELESS [ LAUGHTER ] >> I HAVE HAD MORE THAN A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK IN LIFE, BUT NOTHING EQUALS IN MAGNITUDE MY MARRIAGE TO MARTIN D. GINSBURG I DO NOT HAVE WORDS ADEQUATE TO DESCRIBE MY SUPER SMART, EXUBERANT, EVER-LOVING SPOUSE >> WE SING OF AMERICA “SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY.” N PEOPLE LIKE YOU CAME HERE FROM THE EARLIEST DAYS OF OUR NATION TO TODAY SEEKING LIBERTY, FREEDOM FROM OPPRESSION, FREEDOM FROM WANT, FREEDOM TO BE YOU AND ME >> WITHOUT THE DETERMINED EFFORTS OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO KEPT DREAMS ALIVE, DREAMS OF EQUAL CITIZENSHIP IN THE DAYS WHEN FEW WOULD LISTEN, PEOPLE LIKE SUSAN B. ANTHONY, ELIZABETH KATIE STANTON, AND HARRIET TUBMAN COME TO MIND I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF THOSE BRAVE PEOPLE >> BY LIMITING GOVERNMENT, SPECIFYING RIGHTS, AND EMPOWERING THE PEOPLE, THE FOUNDERS OF THE UNITED STATES PRO-CLAIMED THAT THE HEART OF AMERICA WOULD BE ITS CITIZENS, NOT ITS RULERS >> SOME OF YOU ASKED ME DURING RECENT VISITS WHY I WANT TO BE ON THE SUPREME COURT IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY BEYOND ANY OTHER FOR ONE OF MY TRAINING TO SERVE SOCIETY THE CONTROVERSIES THAT COME TO THE SUPREME COURT AS THE LAST JUDICIAL RESORT TOUCH AND CONCERN THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OUR NATION AND ITS PEOPLE THEY AFFECT THE PRESERVATION OF LIBERTY TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY SERVING ON THIS COURT IS THE HIGHEST HONOR, THE MOST AWESOME TRUST THAT CAN BE PLACED IN A JUDGE IT MEANS WORKING AT MY CRAFT, WORKING WITH AND FOR THE LAW AS

A WAY TO KEEP OUR SOCIETY BOTH ORDERED AND FREE >> RUTH BADER GINSBURG IN HER OWN WORDS AGAIN, SHE HAS PASSED AWAY AT JUST 87 YEARS OLD I WANT TO BRING IN DEBRA PEARL STEIN YOUR REACTION FROM THE NEWS TONIGHT? >> HEARTBROKEN SHE WAS SO MANY THINGS IN SO MANY WAYS BOTH AS A CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SCHOLAR, A FORMER LAWYER HER CAREER WAS UNPARALLELED AS AN ADVOCATE BEFORE SHE CAME TO THE BENCH HER OPINIONS ON THE BENCH, AND I THINK IN MANY RESPECTS, ALTHOUGH IT’S GOING TO TAKE A LONG TIME TO UNPACK HER LEGACY, WHAT SHE HAS COME TO MEAN TO MULTIPLE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN, PARTICULARLY THE YOUNG WOMEN WHO I TEACH WHO ARE IN LAW SCHOOL TODAY, MANY GENERATIONS HER JUNIOR, WHO HAVE COME TO KNOW JUSTICE GINSBURG AS AN ICON AND A SYMBOL OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND WOMEN’S QUALITY IN A COUNTRY THAT HASN’T ALWAYS RESPECTED THEM AS THEY SHOULD >> GINSBURG WAS ONE OF THE FIRST WOMEN TO GRADUATE FROM COLUMBIA’S LAW SCHOOL GIVE US A SENSE OF THE CLIMATE AT THAT TIME FOR WOMEN ENTERING INTO LAW >> WELL, I WASN’T ENTERING INTO LAW THEN MYSELF, BUT SHE HAS HERSELF DESCRIBED WHAT THE CLIMATE WAS LIKE THERE WERE VERY FEW WOMEN SHE SPOKE — AND I THINK YOU JUST PLAYED ONE OF HER SPEECHES IN WHICH SHE DESCRIBED GOING TO CORNELL AS AN UNDERGRADUATE IN WHICH, YOU KNOW, THERE WERE WHAT, FOUR MEN TO EVERY YOUNG WOMAN THAT WAS AS AN UNDERGRADUATE LAW SCHOOL, EVEN MORE SO AND BEING A WOMAN WAS AN ENORMOUS OBSTACLE IN HER EARLY CAREER JUST BECAUSE SHE WAS A WOMAN UNABLE TO GET JOBS EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS AS QUALIFIED AND OFTEN MORE QUALIFIED THAN MEN WHO WERE HER CONTEMPORARIES, AND THAT WAS HOW SHE BEGAN HER CAREER, NOT WITH THE WIND BEHIND HER, BUT FIGHTING EVERY STEP OF THE WAY >> GIVE US A SENSE — WE WERE JUST TALKING WITH KATE SHAW ABOUT THIS TINY STATURE SHE HAD, BUT HOW SHE LOOMED SO LARGE WHAT WAS IT ABOUT HER? REALLY DEMURE ON HER FACE AT FIRST APPEARANCE, BUT THAT SHE WAS ABLE TO REALLY STRIKE FEAR POTENTIALLY AND KIND OF BE THE BIG PRESENCE IN THE ROOM >> SHE REALLY WAS I HAD THE GREAT GOOD FORTUNATE WHEN I WAS CLERKING AT THE COURT MYSELF FOR JUSTICE STEVENS IT WAS A TRADITION THAT OTHER CLERKS — SHE WOULD INVITE THE CLERKS OF THE OTHER JUSTICES UP TO HER CHAMBERS THIS WAS WHEN HER HUSBAND WAS STILL WITH HER HE WAS A WONDERFUL COOK AND A GREAT BAKER AND HE WOULD TYPICALLY SEND HER INTO WORK HAVING BAKED SOMETHING GOOD FOR THE CLERKS WHO WERE VISITING AND SHE WOULD HAVE US UP TO CHAMBERS TO CHAT OVER TEA AND SHE WAS INDEED TINY, PHYSICALLY TINY, AND SOFT SPOKEN AND SLOW SPOKEN BUT I ADMIT I REMEMBER HOLDING MY BREATH MORE IN THAT ROOM THAN I DID IN THE CHAMBERS OF JUSTICE KENNEDY OR JUSTICE SCALIA OR ANY OF THE OTHERS WHO WERE QUITE INTIMIDATING IN THEIR OWN RIGHT THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT HER QUIETNESS THAT, YOU KNOW, SHE DIDN’T NEED TO FILL THE ROOM WITH WORDS SHE REALLY JUST FILLED IT HERSELF >> DEBRA, THANK YOU SO MUCH I WANT TO BRING IN DIDN’T HAVE DWYER JOINING US AGAIN ON THE PHONE FROM D.C DEVIN, TALK TO US ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HER AND JUSTICE BRETT KAVANAUGH >> IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE THINGS ABOUT HER, LINSEY I’VE BEEN COVERING THE COURT FOR A COUPLE YEARS, AND I HAVE BEEN STRUCK BY HER FRIENDSHIP WITH ARGUABLY THE MOST CONTENTIOUS MEMBER OF THE COURT ASIDE FROM CLARENCE THOMAS KAVANAUGH, THE YOUNGEST MEMBER, THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE COURT, WAS INVOLVED IN THAT FIRESTORM OVER THE SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS WHEN HE WAS CONFIRMED AND GINSBURG WAS THE MOST OUTSPOKEN IN PRAISING JUSTICE KAVANAUGH IN PUBLIC CALLING HIM A GREAT GUY, A WONDERFUL, DECENT INDIVIDUAL AND KAVANAUGH RETURNING THE COMPLIMENTS CALLING HER AN INSPIRATION IT WAS SORT OF THE ODD COUPLE, IF YOU WILL, ON THE COURT, BUT THEY WERE SHOWING THAT THIS COURT CAN FIND COMMON GROUND AND BE COLLEGELE BUT WHEN I MET WITH HER IN CHAMBERS, I WAS STRUCK BY HER PRAGMATISM OVER THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST KAVANAUGH I ASKED HER ABOUT THEM AND SHE BASICALLY PASSED THEM OFF, THAT PEOPLE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE WORK THAT THE COURT IS DOING SHE WANTED TO BE A BRIDGE-BUILDER SHE WANTED TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN AT THE SAME TIME I’LL NEVER FORGET THE LAST

QUESTION THAT I ASKED HER BEFORE HE ENDED OUR LOVELY ONE-HOUR MEETING I SAID WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE NEXT FRONTIER IN THE FIGHT FOR GENDER EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY? AND SHE SAID IT’S UNCONSCIOUS BIAS SHE SAID IT’S SOMETHING THAT’S REALLY HARD TO ROOT OUT I ASKED IF THERE’S UNCONSCIOUS BIAS ON THE COURT TODAY SHE ACTUALLY SAID NO SHE THOUGHT IT HAD BEEN ADDRESSED BUT SHE SAID THAT’S THE TIP OF THE SPEAR THAT’S WHERE THE ME TOO MOVEMENT AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVOCATES NEED TO BE FOCUSED ON, UNCONSCIOUS BIAS >> SHE FAMOUSLY TALKED ABOUT HOW TO THE BRETHREN THAT THEY NEED TO GET THEIR FEET OFF THE NECKS OF WOMEN GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT WE HAVE LOST, WHAT WE HAVE LOST AS A SOCIETY, AS A COUNTRY WITH THE PASSING OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG >> WE HEARD IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN TONIGHT, LINSEY SHE WAS AN ICON, A PUBLIC SERVANT, A LEGAL LUMINARY, AND SOMEONE FOR AS MUCH AS BOTH SIDES AND OUR SHARP PARTISAN DIVIDE, SHE REJECTED THE LABELS SHE DIDN’T CONSIDER HERSELF A LIBERAL SHE SAID SHE BELIEVED IN EDUCATIONAL RESTRAINT AS OTHERS HAVE TALKED ABOUT TONIGHT SHE GOT A LOT OF HEAT FOR SUGGEST THAT GO ROE v. WADE PERHAPS SHOULD’VE BEEN DECIDED ON DIFFERENT GROUNDS AND NOT GONE AS FAR WHEN IT DID AT THE TIME, EVEN THOUGH NO QUESTION SHE’S A SUPPORTER OF THE RIGHT TO ABORTION BUT SHE WAS SOMEONE WHO IS VERY MEASURED SHE WAS VERY REASONABLE AND THOUGHTFUL AND THAT’S WHY SHE WON THE RESPECT OF HER COLLEAGUES ON THE SUPREME COURT AND BY SO MANY AROUND THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING TONIGHT, AS WE’RE SEEING AN OUTPOURING FROM REPUBLICANS, LINDSEY GRAHAM, PRAISING HER, KELLYANNE CONWAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FORMER SENIOR ADVISER WRITING A VERY FLATTERING COMMENTATOR ABOUT JUSTICE GINSBURG ON TWITTER TONIGHT LINDSEY, SHE WAS SOMEONE THAT ALL OF HIS COULD FIND SOMETHING TO LOVE ABOUT BOTH FOR HER SERVICE AND FOR HER DETERMINATION >> DEVIN DWYER, OUR THANKS TO YOU AND WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK >> SHERIFF’S OFFICE! >> WE MARCH TOGETHER >> THE MOST POWERFUL STORIES OF OUR TIME, ANYTIME “NIGHTLINE.” >>> YOUR MOM SAID, “COMB YOUR HAIR.” YOUR DAD TOLD YOU, “SMARTEN UP.” YOUR DOG IS JUDGING YOU RIGHT NOW AND YOUR BEST FRIEND JUST CALLED YOU CRAZY WE ALL NEED SOMEONE WHO’LL PULL NO PUNCHES AND GIVE IT TO US STRAIGHT NOW, IMAGINE GETTING YOUR NEWS LIKE THAT NO BULL, NO SPIN, JUST GIVE IT TO ME STRAIGHT STRAIGHTFORWARD NEWS, STRAIGHT TO THE HEART OF THE STORY ABC NEWS, STRAIGHTFORWARD >>> THE AMERICANS HERE ON THE GROUND AT THE IRAQI — >> 18,000 TONS >> ISHMAEL? DAVID >> DAVID >> OVER GROUND ZERO FROM HURRICANE MICHAEL >> YOU CAN SEE JUST HOME AFTER HOME >> DAVID, NICE TO MEET YOU >> THIS WAS YOUR VIEW >> MY FAVORITE VIEW >> THANK YOU >> THANK YOU >>> NOW, WITH SO MUCH ON THE LINE, ABC NEWS, AMERICA’S NUMBER ONE NEWS, IS RIGHT THERE FOR YOU LIVE ON HULU WITH STORIES OF STRENGTH, STORIES OF HOPE, BECAUSE NOW WHEN IT MATTERS MOST — >> HULU HAS LIVE NEWS >> HULU HAS LIVE NEWS >> HULU HAS LIVE NEWS, AND THAT NEWS IS ABC NEWS >> “ABC NEWS LIVE” ON HULU >> “ABC NEWS LIVE” ON HULU >> WATCH THE NEWS YOU NEED >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STREAMING WITH US >> STREAMING TO ALL HULU SUBSCRIBERS RIGHT NOW >>> COVID-19, WHERE CAN YOU GET YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED, THE NEW DAILY PODCAST FROM ABC NEWS WITH DR. JENNIFER ASHTON AND A TEAM OF EXPERTS LISTEN FREE ON APPLE PODCASTS OR WHEREVER YOU GET YOUR PODCASTS >>> IF YOU ARE JUST JOINING US, WE ARE SAD TO PASS ALONG THE NEWS OF THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG HAS DIED THIS EVENING SURROUNDED BY HER FAMILY NIN HER HOME IN WASHINGTON, D.C., DUE TO IMPLICATIONS OF PEDIANCREATIC CANCER >> RUTH BADER GINSBURG WAS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH >> ALL I ASK OF OUR BRETHREN IS THAT THEY TAKE THEIR FEET OFF OUR NECKS >> BARELY 5’0″, BUT A LIBERAL GIANT ONLY THE SECOND FEMALE JUSTICE

NAMED ON THE SUPREME COURT, SERVING THIS FOR MORE THAN A QUARTER CENTURY HER PATH TO THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND WAS NOT EASY SHE FACED DISCRIMINATION AFTER GRADUATING FROM COLUMBIA IN THE ’50s HER TENACIOUSNESS IN THE CLASSROOM HIGHLIGHTED IN THE OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY ON GINSBURG TITLED “RBG” PRODUCED BY JULIE COHEN AND BETSY WEST >> SHE WAS ONE OF NINE WOMEN IN A CLASS OF 500 TIED FOR FIRST IN HER CLASS AND THE BIG NEW YORK CITY LAW FIRMS WEREN’T HIRING WOMEN >> NOT ONE FIRM IN THE ENTIRE CITY OF NEW YORK BID FOR MY EMPLOYMENT >> CHARGING FORWARD, SHE BECAME A BELOVED LAW PROFESSOR AT RUTGERS AND WORKED AS A LAWYER FOR THE ACLU SHE MAPPED OUT A LEGAL STRATEGY TO FILE LAWSUITS AGAINST GENDER BIAS IN EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING, AND GOVERNMENT BENEFITS >> MEN AND WOMEN ARE PERSONS OF EQUAL DIGNITY AND THEY SHOULD COUNT EQUALLY APPROXIMATE BEFORE THE LAW >> YOU WON’T SETTLE FOR PUTTING SUSAN B. ANTHONY ON THE NEW DOLLAR, CORRECT? >> THEY WOULD SAY THINGS LIKE THIS, HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND? >> NEVER IN ANGER AS MY MOTHER TOLD ME THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SELF-DEFEATING ALWAYS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH I DID SEE MYSELF AS KIND OF A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER IN THOSE DAYS BECAUSE THE JUDGES DIDN’T THINK SEX DISCRIMINATION EXISTED WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS I TRIED TO PLANT IN THEIR MINDS WAS THINK ABOUT HOW YOU WOULD LIKE THE WORLD TO BE FOR YOUR DAUGHTERS AND GRANDDAUGHTERS >> SHE WON FIVE LANDMARK CASES WHICH SHE ARGUED ON BEHALF OF WOMEN FRONT OF AN ALL-MALE BENCH LONG BEFORE SHE SAT ON IT SHE SERVED AS AN APPEALS COURT JUDGE IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL UNTIL THE LIFE-CHANGING NOMINATION BY PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON IN 1993 >> I AM PROUD TO UNEMPLOYMENT FOR ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT, JUDGE RUTH BADER GINSBURG >> THAT ANNOUNCEMENT MAY NEVER HAVE HAPPENED HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE INTENSE LOBBYING EFFORT BY A STAUNCH FEMINIST, HER HUSBAND, MARTY GINSBURG >> HE FELT SHE DESERVED IT AND IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY >> AT HER CONFIRMATION HEARING, CHAIRED BY THEN-SENATOR JOE BIDEN, THE NOMINEE DID NOT SHY AWAY FROM HER FEMINISM, SPOTLIGHTING CONTENTIOUS TOPICS LIKE ABORTION RIGHTS >> THIS IS SOMETHING CENTRAL TO A WOMAN’S LIFE, TO HER DIGNITY IT’S A DECISION THAT SHE MUST MAKE >> THE SENATE CONFIRMED HER IN A SWEEPING 96-3 VOTE SHE BEGAN QUICKLY MAKING HER MARK ON HISTORIC CASES SHE’S PERHAPS BEST KNOWN FOR A DECISION IN 1996 THAT STRUCK DOWN A MALE-ONLY ADMISSIONS POLICY AT THE VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE, OPENING THE DOOR FOR WOMEN TO STUDY THERE >> IT’S JUSTICE GINSBURG WRITING AN OPINION THAT BUILDS ON THE FOUNDATIONS THAT LAWYER RUTH BADER GINSBURG ESSENTIALLY HELPED TO LAY >> I KNOW THAT THERE WAS SOME PEOPLE WHO DID NOT REACT WELL TO THE CHANGE AND MY RESPONSE TO THIS WAS WAIT AND SEE YOU WILL BE PROUD OF THE WOMEN WHO BECOME GRADUATES [ APPLAUSE ] >> IN A LANDMARK CASE ON EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION IN 2007, GINSBURG WROTE A POWERFUL DISSENT THAT PROMPTED CONGRESS TO AMEND THE LAWS NAMED FOR THE WOMAN WHO FILED THE CLAIM, THE FAIR PAY ACT BECAME ONE OF THE FIRST PIECES OF LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA [ APPLAUSE ] WHILE ON THE SUPREME COURT, JUSTICE GINSBURG WAS A CONSISTENTLY LIBERAL VOICE ON ISSUES LIKE ABORTION, VOTING RIGHTS, AND THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE OFF THE BENCH, SHE WAS THE FIRST SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TO PERFORM A SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CEREMONY HER TENURE WAS NOT WITHOUT CONTROVERSY, BREAKING TRADITION FOR A JUSTICE WHEN GINSBURG SPOKE OUT AGAINST THEN-CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP, INCLUDING TO “THE NEW YORK TIMES,” CALLING HIM A, QUOTE, FAKER, SAYING, I CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT THE COUNTRY WOULD BE WITH DONALD TRUMP AS OUR PRESIDENT GINSBURG LATER ADDING THAT HER COMMENTS WERE, QUOTE, ILL ADVISED AND THAT SHE REGRETTED MAKING THEM BUT THROUGHOUT IT ALL, JUSTICE GINSBURG WON THE RESPECT OF MANY CONSERVATIVES WITH HER GRASP OF THE LAW AND HER CAREFULLY CRAFTED OPINION AS THE COURT SHIFTED TO THE RIGHT, HER SCATHING DISSENT ELEVATED HER TO A POP CULTURE ICON, INSPIRING LEGIONS OF YOUNG FANS AND FEMININE NISTS TO EMULATE HER FAMOUS OUTSPOKENENS >> 25, 24, 23 >> AND HER FINANCE ROUTINES, EARNING HER THE HIP HOP INSPIRED NICKNAME IN COURTS RBG >> MANY VARIETY

>> HER FAME FURNISHED BY HER FASHION STATEMENTS, HER DISTINCTIVE DOLLARS BECOMING HER CALLING CARD >> AND IS & THIS IS WHAT I USE FOR ANNOUNCING MAJORITY OPINION THIS ONE IS FOR DISSENTING OPINION >> JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG HELPED FOCUS OUR COUNTRY ON ITS MOST BASIC VALUES OF JUSTICE AND EQUALITY, LEAVING A LEGACY OF MAJORITY OPINIONS AND POWERFUL DISSENT FOR GENERATIONS TO COME >> DESPITE HER SHARP WORDS AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THE PAST, WE DO HAVE NEW COMMENTS IN FROM ERIC TRUMP WHO SENT A TWEET OUT SAYING JUSTICE GINSBURG WAS A REMARKABLE WOMAN WITH AN ASTONISHING WORK ETHIC SHE WAS A WARRIOR WITH TRUE CONVICTION AND SHE HAS MY ABSOLUTE RESPECT BETSY WEST IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE DOCUMENTARY “RBG.” THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TONIGHT >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME IT’S A SAD NIGHT >> IT IS A SAD NIGHT INDEED TO GET A SENSE IF WE CAN BACK UP HERE, WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO DO THIS DOCUMENTARY ABOUT RUTH BADER GINSBURG? >> YOU KNOW, IN 2015 AS JUJU JUST EXPLAINED, RUTH BADER GINSBURG BEGAN TO GAIN MORE ATTENTION FROM PEOPLE AS SHE WAS ISSUING DISSENTS TO OPINIONS THAT SHE FELT WERE TOO CONSERVATIVE, THAT WERE REALLY GOING AGAINST THE VALUES OF OUR COUNTRY AND SHE WAS KNOWN AS THE NOTORIOUS RBG AFTER A BOOK WAS WRITTEN ABOUT HER AND A FACEBOOK BLOG AND WE REALIZED THAT MANY PEOPLE DIDN’T KNOW THE BACK STOIFRY THEY KNEW THERE WAS THIS FEISTY FEMALE JUSTICE THEY DIDN’T KNOW HER HISTORY I MEAN, THE FACT IS THAT EVEN HAD SHE NOT BECOME A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, RUTH BADER GINSBURG EARNED A PLACE IN HISTORY FOR WHAT SHE DID TO WIN EQUALITY FOR AMERICAN WOMEN AS A LITIGATOR IN THE 1970s WE THOUGHT THAT WAS A PRETTY IMPORTANT AND GREAT STORY TO TELL ALONG WITH HER PERSONAL STORY, EXTRAORDINARY LOVE STORY TO, AS JUJU SAID A FEMINIST HUSBAND WE WERE EXTREMELY HONORED TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THE DOCUMENTARY >> OF COURSE YOU HAD UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS AND GOT TO SPEND A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TIME WITH THE JUSTICE WHAT WERE SOME OF THE NUGGETS THAT YOU FOUND MOST STRIKING, REMARKABLE, MEMORABLE? >> WELL, I THINK OVERALL HER ENERGY, HER DETERMINATION, I MEAN, SOMETIMES WHEN WE WERE FILMING IN CHICAGO AND A LONG DAY IN CHICAGO, SEVERAL EVENTS, INCLUDING THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JUSTICE SCALIA AND THEN WE WERE ON A PLANE BACK TO WASHINGTON WHERE SHE WAS DOING SOMETHING BEFORE LAW STUDENTS AND FOUND OUT IN BETWEEN SHE STOPPED OFF IN NOTRE DAME TO GIVE A TALK I MEAN, WE COULD BARELY KEEP UP WITH HER AND THIS WAS ON HER OFF SEASON I MEAN, AS A JURIST, SHE WAS KNOWN FOR PHER OUTPUT EVEN WHEN SHE WAS SICK LAST YEAR, SHE ISSUED MORE WORDS THAN ANY OTHER JUSTICE THIS WAS ONE HARD-WORKING, DETERMINED PERSON SHE ALSO HAD, YOU KNOW, A LITTLE INTIMIDATING AT FIRST, VERY SOFT SPOKEN AND OBVIOUSLY KIND OF HAD AN AURA AROUND HER BUT HAD A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR WE CAME TO APPRECIATE THAT AS WELL NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT SHE’S A ROLE MODEL TO EVERY SINGLE OLDER WOMAN, MYSELF INCLUDED, FOR HER AMAZING WORKOUT ROUTINE, WHICH — >> AND YOUNG WOMEN >> YEAH, ABSOLUTELY COHEN AND I WERE ABLE TO WITNESS IT FIRSTHAND WE DIDN’T QUITE BELIEVE IT UNTIL WE GOT TO THE GYM LET ME TELL YOU, SHE DIDN’T STOP FOR, YOU KNOW, WELL OVER HALF AN HOUR IT WAS INTENSE >> DID YOU GET A SENSE OF WHAT MOTIVATED HER? CERTAINLY HER MOTHER WAS A MAJOR INFLUENCE IN HER LIFE, HER HUSBAND WAS A SIGNIFICANT ADVOCATE BUT AS FAR AS IN THAT PHYSICAL WAY, AS FAR AS HER WORK ETHIC, ALL OF IT COMBINED, DID YOU GET A SENSE OF WHAT IT WAS THAT PROPELLED HER? >> YEAH I MEAN, FIRST OF ALL, SHE LOVED

HER WORK I THINK IT WAS VERY CLEAR TO US JUST HOW MUCH SHE LOVED THE LAW AND I THINK SHE SAW AS A YOUNG WOMAN DURING THE McCARTHY ERA IN THE 1950s THAT LAWYERS STEPPED IN TO REALLY HELP DEFEND OUR SOCIETY AND OUR CONSTITUTION AND SHE BELIEVED IN THE RULE OF LAW AND SHE BELIEVED THAT SHE HAD AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO FILL FIRST AS A LITIGATOR, THEN AS A JUDGE, AND THEN AS A JUSTICE AS SOMEONE WHO HAD AN EXPANSIVE VIEW OF WE THE PEOPLE SHE USED TO TALK ABOUT THIS A LOT THAT THE CONSTITUTION HAS “A” EVOLVED TO PROTECT THOSE WHO WERE NOT ORIGINALLY INCLUDED IN THE LANGUAGE, WOMEN, MINORITIES, NONPROPERTY OWNERS AND ALSO SHE JUST, YOU KNOW, SHE JUST HAD A BIG LEGAL BRAIN THAT’S WHY SHE AND JUSTICE SCALIA GOT ALONG SO WELL THEY WERE BOTH EXPERTS IN PROCEDURAL LAW, WHICH I DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND, BUT I KNOW THAT WAS IMPORTANT TO HER AND CERTAINLY THE TRADITIONS OF THE COURT AND OF THE SUPREME COURT AND OF THE COLLEGIALITY SHE MAINTAINS WITH ALL HER >> BETSEY WEST, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR WORK AND FOR YOUR TIME TONIGHT I’M NOW GOING TO PASS IT OVER TO MY COLLEAGUE DAVID MAUER