When asked about the United States' current political climate, Ginsburg told the the British news agency that she's most concerned with congressional gridlock. Nevertheless, she stated, "I am optimistic in the long run".
"I would say that we are not experiencing the best of times", she observed, "but there is hope in seeing how the public is reacting to it".
Ginsburg's judgment had been called into question in the past year, after she made negative remarks about Donald Trump, while he was campaigning for President. "There was no violence, it was orderly", she said.
The outspoken judge also called up the importance of the US Constitution, saying "For the most part, those are our ideals, our treasured First Amendment and the notion that in our nation, we are many and yet we are one", she said, giving a hat-tip to freedom of the press. "Some awful things have happened in the United States, but one can only hope that we learn from those bad things".
"I meant that we are not as mindful of what makes America great", Ginsburg told a crowd at the university, appearing to draw from Trump's signature slogan.
The liberal U.S. Supreme Court justice, who previous year called then-candidate Trump a "faker", hailed the country as one made great by immigration, diversity and free speech, and suggested the U.S. was losing sight of some of its core values.
"Some awful things have happened in the United States, but one can only hope that we learn from those bad things", Ginsburg said. "It took a long time for the United States to realize how terrible it was".
President Trump often rails against the press, referring to some news organizations as "fake news". "That story might never have come out if we didn't have the free press that we do".
Ginsburg has earned the nickname "Notorious RBG" for never being shy about granting interviews or speaking her mind.
Ginsburg spurred controversy previous year when she called Trump a "faker" and said he "really has an ego". She stressed the pendulum shifts of history, and predicted that "we will preserve both of those - the right to think as we believe, not as Big Brother tells us", and a commitment to "welcome our neighbors" and celebrate diversity. Today she shared thoughts about her life, the law and the state of the country at an event highlighting her new book, "My Own Words", a collection of her speeches and writings spanning 70 years.