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Kate McKinnon pays moving silent tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday Night Live

Nick Duffy October 5, 2020
Kate McKinnon paid a moving tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg during Saturday Night Live's return to the airwaves.

Kate McKinnon paid a moving tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg during Saturday Night Live's return to the airwaves.

Out comic Kate McKinnon paid a moving tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg during Saturday Night Live‘s return to the airwaves.

The 3 October SNL premiere took a moment to pay tribute to the late Supreme Court justice and equal rights hero, who passed away from pancreatic cancer last month.

Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon takes a bow for Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

McKinnon, who played Ginsburg across multiple SNL skits, donned the costume for one final time after the show’s Weekend Update segment – silently putting hand to her chest and taking a bow.

The show then displayed a graphic featuring Ginsburg iconic lace collar, with the message: “Rest in power.”

In a previous statement after the justice’s death, McKinnon said: “For so many of us, justice Ginsburg was a real-life superhero: a beacon of hope, a warrior for justice, a robed crusader who saved the day time and again.

“I could always feel the overwhelming love and gratitude that the audience had for her. It was one of the great honours of my life to meet justice Ginsburg, to shake her hand, and to thank her for her lifetime of service to this country.”

Kate McKinnon had played Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday Night Live for years
Kate McKinnon had played Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday Night Live for years

The admiration between the pair was mutual, with Ginsburg confessing in 2018: “I liked the actress who portrayed me… and I would like to say ‘Gins-burned’ sometimes to my colleagues.”

Republicans vow to ram through anti-LGBT+ replacement.

Republicans are currently seeking to rush through anti-LGBT+ Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg ahead of the election, despite insisting in 2016 that there should be no appointments to the court in an election year.

However, attempts to push through Barrett’s confirmation within weeks could be complicated by the coronavirus outbreak among White House officials and Republican lawmakers.

At least three GOP senators are known to have tested positive for the virus, including two members of the judiciary committee.

However, Senate judiciary chairman Lindsey Graham told CNN he plans to forge ahead with confirmation hearings on 12 October and a vote later this month.

Ironically, it is believed that much of the current outbreak could stem from a packed-out ceremony in the White House rose garden where Barrett’s candidacy was unveiled in September. At least seven people who attended the event, which took place without masks and social distancing, have since confirmed they have tested positive.

More: Kate McKinnon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saturday night live, SNL

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