Bloomberg News has just reported that Supreme Court Justice, the rad Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be intentionally skipping out on President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress.
Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court will also not be attending, but it may be less for political reasons. It has been noted on several occasions they have not attended similar speeches in past years, specifically since 2010 and 2009 respectively.
The aforementioned judges, who have poor attendance records have claimed that their reasoning is specifically due to discomfort. Likening the speeches to “political pep rall[ies],” they claimed it was “uncomfortable” for members of the judiciary to sit in on them.
Ginsburg however, attended all eight of President Obama’s speeches.
Ruth Ginsburg has skipped out similar speeches for political reasons though, opting out of sitting through every President George W. Bush’s speech to joint Congress as well.
Kathy Arberg, Court spokeswoman identified to Bloomberg that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan will still attend.
Ginsberg controversially called Donald Trump a “faker” back in July and criticised him heavily for having “no consistency.”
Shortly before the Republican National Convention, Ginsburg asserted, and later apologized for saying that:
‘[Trump] says whatever comes into his head at the moment…He really has an ego.’
Then-candidate Donald Trump called for Ginsburg’s resignation following the comment, so the two certainly have a lengthy history of issues.
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