Justice Ginsburg Makes State Of The Union Announcement That Has Trump Spazzing

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) is still sharp of mind and body on the Supreme Court at age 84, and she intends to keep her job for years. She also packs her schedule with other activities. Yet, there is one place people will not find her as she shows her own resistance.

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RBG is the oldest Supreme Court justice, and a new documentary has just been released about her. It shows her working out.  A friend since kindergarten, Harryette Helsel, joked with the justice:

‘We’re retired. Why are you working so hard?”‘

Helsel noted that the elderly justice has a rigid workout routine. Ginsburg began working with a personal trainer in  1999 for an hour two times a week. She had just gone through treatment for colorectal cancer. The NY Daily News reported that the documentary shows her:

‘Doing pushups and throwing a weighted ball, among other exercises. While pulling on a resistance band, she tells her trainer: “This is light.”‘

Another friend since high school, Ann Kittner, said:

‘I don’t think she’s slowing down. That’s for sure.’

A woman in RBG’s circle of friends, Ann Claire Williams, just retired from being a federal appeals court judge, and she pointed out that people confuse Ginsburg’s small size with being frail. The friend said the Supreme Court justice’s mind is sharp:

‘She is so spry, (and her recall on cases) extraordinary.’

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Dean of the University of California law school and liberal, Erwin Chemerinsky wanted Ginsburg to retire before President Barack Obama left office. The New York Daily News reported that he said:

‘I think that Justice Ginsburg has made clear that she has no intention of retiring. I am sure she wants to stay on the court until the end of the Trump presidency if she can. No one can know whether she will be on the court on Jan. 20, 2021, if Trump serves one term, let alone Jan. 20, 2025, if he is re-elected.’

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The NY Daily News reported that the president of the conservative Committee for Justice, Curt Levey said:

‘The assumption was she can’t go till she’s 87, but maybe she will.’

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Ginsburg wrote two of the Supreme Court’s signed opinions thus far in the current term. In addition, she has hired law clerks to last through June 2020. That would take her within four months the 2020 presidential election.

RBG just appeared at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, and she plans to continue speaking at law schools and synagogues. She also scheduled a speech in Rhode Island that is in direct conflict with Trump’s first State of the Union speech in Washington, D.C. In other words, she is skipping it.

When reporters asked her how long she plans to serve, she has a standard answer: as long as she can go “full steam.” Then, she referred to her role model, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. He served on the court until 2010, when he was 90-years-old.

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During the 2016 presidential campaign, Ginsburg criticized Donald Trump. He hit back with:

‘Her mind is shot – resign!’

After that, RBG took the high road and apologized. Since then, she has not commented on the sitting president.

Ginsburg has been a justice for 25 years and describes herself as “a flaming feminist litigator.’ Her husband died in 2010, and instead of stepping down, RBG has stepped up as the Supreme Court’s liberal leader.

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People have counted her out before, wrongly. Certainly, the reports of Ginsburg’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. After her second pancreatic cancer surgery in 2009, Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY), said that she would be dead within a year. He had to apologize for that comment.

Ginsburg gave a speech a year later and said:

‘I am pleased to report that, contrary to Sen. Bunning’s prediction, I am alive and in good health.’

Bunning died in 2017.

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