‘My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is by far the oldest serving member of the U.S Supreme Court, and according to her recent comments, she has no intention of resigning anytime soon.
The 85-year-old Bill Clinton-appointee told an audience in New York on Sunday that she fully intends to stay on the high court until age 90 — or after President Trump’s first term in office concludes.
Her remarks came after a production of “The Originalist,” a play about the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
“My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years,” Ginsburg said.
Ginsburg is known for her openly progressive leanings, which in the current political era makes her a darling of the Trump so-called “resistance.”
However, her left-leaning persona is at odds with a longstanding norm that justices should remain free of any perception of political partisanship.
Ginsburg’s health is also a source of constant anxiety for liberals, as the resignation of the mid-octogenarian would give Trump a third SCOTUS nomination and swing the court irretrievably in favor of conservatives for a solid generation.
Trump successfully appointed Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia last year.
More recently, he nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring “swing vote” Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Democrats are already howling at the prospect of a solid 5-4 conservative majority, as Kavanaugh is almost certain to be confirmed.
Replacing Ginsburg would be cataclysmic for them.
As previously reported by Liberty Headlines, when Trump was asked what would lead to the next vacancy on the court, he is said to have signaled to Ginsburg’s health.
“What does she weigh? 60 pounds?” Trump allegedly said.
Ginsburg currently employs four full-time law clerks who will work for her through 2020.
No doubt she plans to remain on the bench until a Democratic president is elected.
But time may not be on her side.