OOPSIE: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mistakenly Refers To Lindsey Graham As One Of “The Women Of The Senate”

The Hill reports:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears to have been caught up in a gender-swapping snafu, mistakenly dubbing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) one of the “women of the Senate.” The 84-year-old Supreme Court justice delivered remarks at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania on Monday as she accepted the Prize for Civility in Public Life, honoring her and late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“Let’s hope members of Congress, the members Allegheny College has already honored — Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. John McCain [R-Ariz.] — the women of the Senate, Sens. Dianne Feinstein [D-Calif.] and Lindsey Graham — let’s hope that they and others of goodwill will lead in restoring harmonious work ways,” Ginsburg said during her acceptance speech.

  • Jon Doh

    So where’s the problem?

    • TampaZeke

      Nothing, but the insult to the women of the Senate to have her lumped in with them.

  • JaniceInToronto

    So she knows about Lindseybelle.

    That’s so sweet.

    • Todd20036

      A dead man would know.

  • Timothy W.

    Ginsburg’s just telling it like it is. Notorious RBG Strikes again.

  • tim870

    Who hasn’t?

  • Tiger Quinn

    You can’t support trans rights and then make gender jokes – which is what I’ve seen here all morning. Ann Coulter is a monster, but she’s female – you cheapen our entire cause with those juvenile jokes.

    • FAEN

      Oh pious one-show us the way.

      • bzrd

        when you get to the fork in the road, take the left ’cause we know what the right will do to you

    • KCMC
      • Joe in PA


    • lymis


      You can’t support trans rights and use the idea of being trans as an inherent insult.

      But you most definitely can make gender jokes and be entirely supportive of trans rights.

      More to the point, there is a long and rich history among gay men of using cross-gender language. It started out as largely positive, if transgressive and often a matter of self-defense, and morphed over time, especially as being out of the closet became possible, and then a reality, into throwing shade.

      Calling Lindsey Graham “she” and “Lindseybelle” and girlfriend and such is NOT any sort of trans slam or trans joke, and interpreting it in those lights is missing the point entirely. It has nothing to do with trans people at all.

      It’s a GAY joke, reflecting the man’s obvious homosexuality, NOT a trans joke, reflecting his gender.

      It may be cheap jokes, but then, so is Lindsey Graham.

      • Joe in PA

        Can I up vote twice for the last line? Good one.

      • John

        I have no way of knowing other than the comment, but I suspect tiger is a youngster unfamiliar with our history/herstory. I’ve encountered several young people lately who have no idea of our past. A shame. Oh, and yes, I do try to provide them with some knowledge of our cultural past.

    • William

      Ann is a female what exactly? Gila monster?

    • CB

      I once spent an entire evening in college trying to explain to a classmate why dead babies are tragic and dead baby jokes are funny. The ability to laugh at something because it is abstract is enhanced by mindfulness of the seriousness of the reality. It is possible to be sensitive to gender rights and appreciate absurdity when it shows itself, and I think that’s what’s at issue here.
      However, I will say your sensitivity does you credit, and knowing how you feel, I wouldn’t make a joke directly to you that might offend or hurt you. That’s just unkind. Comedy requires that you know your audience, and admittedly there can be a fine line between comedy and cruelty. But I will joke about things with some people I never would with others.

  • Elliott

    If I had a nickel for every time I’ve made the same mistake…

  • Rex

    Ruth, you were sort of correct.
    He is a bitch.

    • Todd20036

      Is he a tease?
      Is he a goddess on his knees?

      • William


  • Buford

    To be fair, he didn’t help his masculinity case any when he was on CNN this morning repeatedly referring to Syria’s ‘cashay’ of chemical weapons.

    • Jake

      cashay shantay!

      • FAEN

        You beat me to it lol.

      • GayOldLady

        sashay, away!

    • TheManicMechanic

      Cashay, Lindsaaay!

  • Rex

    Until someone admits to seeing his balls, we’ll never really know.

  • Mark Née Fuzz


  • HZ81

    Oooh, Ruth Shade-her Ginsburg.

    • FAEN

      I see what you did there lol.

      • HZ81

        I didn’t do no nuthin’. Much. 😉

  • kaydenpat

    Freudian slip.

    • Dirk Prophet


    • ElenorRigby

      I’m pretty sure her slips are all polyester.

    • Stogiebear

      Freudian camisole.

  • Dirk Prophet

    Sharp as a tack.

  • FAEN

    LOL-Ms Lindseybelle is probably clutching her purse and weeping into boyfriend John McCain’s arms.

    ‘There there dear, let it all out.’

    • Mike__in_Houston

      “I told you they could tell from Mars.”

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    RBG is sharp as a tack. It wasn’t a mistake.

    • ElenorRigby

      I was going to say… she knew just what she was doing.

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    • Jim Gallagher-Barker

      Lindsey-Belle may be a guuuuurlll. Lindsey-Belle might even be a lady of a certain age–but she ain’t a woman. 🙂

      • BockMcMillan

        You have an evil and hilarious way with words, I love it!

    • ETownCanuck

      Exactly 🙂

    • Strepsi
      • narutomania

        Oh, the ever-lovin shade of it all!!

    • Cattleya1

      Nope – not accidental.

  • Boreal
  • Pollos Hermanos


  • Paula

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL! You can’t make this stuff up.

  • Ronald Reagan is Dead!
  • JWC

    Careful Ms Ginsburgh Mitch the Turtle might silence you for defaminf Lindsey Belle

    • Uncle Mark

      I’m sure RBG would just put on her “Yet she persisted” T-shirt, and then have some turtle soup.

      • JWC

        she is quite the woman

  • Lars Littlefield

    I suspect she wasn’t making a mistake. That is to say, I hope she did it on purpose.

  • Uncle Mark

    Where’s the mistake?

  • justme
    • Lars Littlefield

      “If you could see Mimi through my eyes, she wouldn’t look Jewish at all.” I miss Kathy Kinney’s character from the Drew Carey Show. I’m surprised the producers didn’t create a spin off show with her character.

      • John B.

        I recently re-watched the 1984 film “Parting Glances” and was surprised to see her in it (along with a VERY young Steve Buscemi). A somewhat dated movie, but still pretty good (and one that had a big impact on me when it first came out in 1986).

        • John

          I rate it, dated as it is, in the top 5. I can’t count the times I’ve viewed it over the years. It STILL holds up, IMHO.

      • justme

        She could have run for the senate….:)

    • CB

      Don’t you mean the senate TEAROOM?

  • bkmn

    She is not the first and won’t be the last to make that honest mistake.

    • Todd20036

      It was not a mistake.

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

    If the slingback pumps fit, wear them 🙂

    • FAEN

      She’s probably his moll.

  • bkmn

    Dear Justice Ginsburg – if you know of other closeted GOP members can you out them too, when you have time, of course?

  • Paula

    Lindsey is a girls name.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Like a boy named Sue

  • Jack Murray


    Freud·i·an slip
    noun: Freudian slip; plural noun: Freudian slips
    an unintentional error regarded as revealing subconscious feelings.

  • Ninja0980

    I love her honesty, don’t you?

  • GayOldLady


  • Mike C


  • Notorious RBG strikes again!

  • Mark

    Okay, I laughed…. and loudly!

  • Rex

    You know how they ask the question, “if you could have dinner with anyone?” I really think RBG would be an excellent choice.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Not convinced. (i) Women of the senate; (ii) Dianne Feinstein; and (iii) Linsey Graham. Three separate entities. 👍

    • KCMC

      Oxford comma strikes again?

      • jugomono

        That’s what I thought. There are at least 20 female senators, so she wasn’t naming them.

    • MichelMT

      I read this as as serial comma problem in the transcription. But I also just finished copy editing something that was rife with this type of error.

  • TampaZeke

    If such a statement weren’t so horribly insulting to the women of the Senate, I would say that she got it just about right!

  • Palto

    Dear lawd Miss Lindsey probably has the vapors over this faux paux. He probably took comfort with his rotating First Lady massager.

  • Halou

    Cue Trumpists calling for her (RBG, not Lindsey) to be removed for being ‘senile’? Oh look. A new SCOTUS vacancy that can be stuffed with a simple majority vote paying no regard for bipartisan cooperation, again.

  • TheManicMechanic

    There’s a problem here?

    Haaayaaam bisssscuitssss!

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    OT anti gay pastor who cheered at Pulse massacre guilty of sex with underage boy and girl


  • you just *know* the GOP is going to point to this and mock her mental capacity…

  • Vanti

    Unfortunately, that isn’t what she did. She was listing previous honorees by year. The “Women of the Senate” won one year, Senators Graham and Feinstein won the year before.

    • Reality.Bites

      I bet you like telling kids there’s no Santa Claus too.

    • Lantor

      The use of the Oxford comma would have cleared all this up.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    I often can see the confusion, Senate; House– I always get them mixed up.

  • worstcultever

    Meh. It’s a unisex name, and more often used for girls. I doubt Ruth Badass will lose any sleep over a faux pas of such non-magnitude.

    Then again, if she was referring to our fucked-up, basket-case, repuke-led Senate, maybe she was really thinking of Lindsay Lohan.

    • Reality.Bites

      But in the next paragraph not only did she call him a woman again, she said his name was Adele Dazeem.

      She’s a monster!

  • Maggie 4NoH8

    RGB shade is like no other….

  • Michael R

    August 1935 – Ruth Bader taken when she was two years old ( ? )


    • Derrick Johns

      LOL I thought the photograph was of Senator Graham. It kinda ‘ looks like him.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Accuracy is your friend, Madam Justice.

    Lindseybelle isn’t one of the women of the senate.

    He does appear to Be, however, a Really Big Girl.

  • Brooklyn Joe
  • Greg B.

    Anyone else finding it nearly impossible to comment with all the ads here?

  • William

    This is a very common error.

  • greenmanTN

    Wearing the gardenia behind his ear is enough to confuse anyone.

  • Mark

    The truth may hurt – but it is never wrong.

  • Richard Wiltzius

    I thought Lindsey was Aunt Piitypat’s granddaughter.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Henry Auvil


  • Reality.Bites

    When I was young, the local LGBT bookstore sold buttons with various slogans like “Closets are for clothes.” One of them said, “Don’t call me girl, I am a woman.”

    Lindsay could wear one now saying, “Don’t call me a woman, I am a girl.”

  • Stogiebear

    To quote Rick Perry, “Oops.”

  • Rick
    • David Milley

      And RBG is the biggest, baddest elm tree of them all.

  • Well, you have to consider your audience.

  • edrex

    well, ma’am, you’re the judge.

  • ColdCountry

    If that’s a comma and not a colon, she’s good.

  • Blackfork

    HOW is this a mistake again?

  • BobSF_94117

    Oh, dear. I hope someone wrote the speech for her.

  • saucetin

    So we won’t be seeing Mike Pence having dinner alone w/ her?

  • ErikDC
  • Blake Mason

    Ooo Ginzy… you shady judge.

  • planetwingnuttia


  • clay

    all for a missing comma.

  • DaveMiller135

    If the Notorious RBG called me a woman, I would take it like a man.

  • M Jackson
  • TuuxKabin

    She could call me whatever she’d like, just don’t call me late for drinks and dinner.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • andrew

    Hang in there Ruth, we just can’t have Trump replacing you.

  • caphillprof

    Lindsey may not be one of the women, but he certainly is one of the girls.

  • SnowFlake

    She gonna be the new cast member on RHOA.

  • Guy Johnson

    She didn’t lie.

  • Gianni

    I have in the past referred to him as Lady Lindsay. Could I have been right? Has Notorious RBG confirmed it?

  • Piona O.

    Erm…he is kinda “one of the ladies of the Senate.” Again the Notorious RBG speaks the truth, even if it came out her mind in a bit of an elderly fog.

  • greenmanTN

    I love RGB and I’m really hoping she sticks around for 4 more years. Trump replacing her? Just the thought gives me shudders.