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Stephen Colbert, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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On Wednesday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert took a field trip down to Washington D.C. for a meeting with 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice and woman to whose health the nation nightly prays, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. By “for a meeting,” one might substitute, as Colbert did, “getting shredded,” as the pair sat (then lunged, lifted, and stretched) in Ginsburg’s home court, the gym of the Watergate Hotel. (Read into that all you like.)

First enduring Colbert’s signature interview silliness with gamely crotchety aplomb (the Justice acknowledged her fan-favorite moniker, The Notorious RBG, noting that she and Biggie both hail from Brooklyn), Ginsburg deftly turned the rhetorical tables on Colbert’s hard-hitting question on one of the most divisive topics of the day. (Verdict: By the narrow definition of “bread split but not separated as in a sub equals sandwich” as put forth by Colbert, she stipulates that a hot dog would be considered a sandwich as well.) After that, she allowed Colbert (sporting a cutoff version of his nightly suit and tie ensemble to match her “Super Diva” sweatshirt) to tag along through the trainer-assisted workout regimen Ginsburg uses to keep herself in shape to shoulder the increasingly heavy burden of upholding the rule of law in America. With Colbert wincing at one point, “I’m cramping and I’m working with an 85-year-old woman,” the pair—ditching Colbert’s choice of C+C Music Factory in favor of her preferred opera workout mix—did their due diligence in keeping themselves in shape for what Colbert termed “the next three to seven years” of Donald Trump’s attempts to subvert the cause of justice. Keep it up, you two—this is a marathon, not a sprint.


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