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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hints at Possible Retirement Timeline



Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg signaled on Sunday that she is looking to remain on the bench for at least another five years.

“I’m now 85,” Ginsburg said, according to CNN. “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 made the remarks following a production in New York City of “The Originalist,” a play about her friend, the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“If I had my choice of dissenters when I was writing for the court, it would be Justice Scalia,” she told the play’s director Molly Smith during a Q&A, saying that the back and forth would help her form her arguments. “Sometimes it was like a ping-pong game.”

Asked what keeps her hopeful, Ginsburg replied, “My dear spouse would say that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle — it is the pendulum. And when it goes very far in one direction you can count on its swinging back.”

The justice made the unusual move of taking sides in the 2016 presidential race with very public and negative statements to the press about then-candidate Donald Trump.

She told CNN in July 2016 that Trump is a “faker,” adding, “He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that.”

Those comments came on top of ones she made to The New York Times, when she said, “I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.”

Ginsburg appeared very confident that Hillary Clinton would win when asked about the next president making appointments to the Supreme Court.

“She is bound to have a few appointments in her term,” the justice said.

Ginsburg’s remarks caught the attention of Trump, who issued one of his famous tweets in response, writing, “Her mind is shot.”

“I think it’s highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign, frankly,” he told The Times. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.”

Ginsburg’s statements earned her the rebuke of The Times’ editorial board, which headlined an Op-Ed “Donald Trump Is Right About Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

Others in the media, and reportedly fellow justices on the Supreme Court, also found her comments inappropriate.

A day after The Times’ Op-Ed, Ginsburg retracted her “ill-advised” remarks about Trump, writing, “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. … In the future I will be more circumspect.”

Ginsburg, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, has survived both colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009 and is believed to be in good health, The Washington Post reported.

The justice has hired law clerks through 2020, indicating she has every intention of hanging around.

Ginsburg is already five years past the average retirement age of the last 11 justices, and three years older than Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June.

Court watchers, like Jonathan Turley, believe that Ginsburg fully expected Clinton to appoint her replacement, and resisted calls to retire during Obama’s terms. Now she faces the possibility that a conservative may well replace her on the court, appointed by Trump.

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  • Mar Dabo says:

    Oh good, after you are 86 freakin’ years old you’ll be more circumspect?
    Too bad you didn’t learn that as a septuagenarian!

  • VaWhiteTailHunter76VPI says:

    The Good Lord may have other ideas ……. tomorrow may be your last day….. just sayin’.

    • Mark Evans says:

      We can only pray that God takes her home before she has a chance to retire. The longer she’s there. The longer the wait.

  • Jack says:

    So there is HOPE that the old bat will be quitting in 5 years or so… least the Democraps will not have to stuff her ugly carcass to keep her in office for 10 years…..

  • Al says:

    Not if there is a God.

  • Doyle says:

    You can’t even Stay awake now your a waste of money and time she should be remove from her office as a Supreme Court Judge now

  • Holden Magroyne says:

    Can’t Trump kick this old hag off the bench?
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been a pain in the side of the American people for decades now. She’s OLD. Her brain is gone. She can’t even stay awake at work.
    Hmmm…have the Klintons put a “hit” on her.

  • A prime example of why there should be age limits and function test for SCJOTUS, she does stay awake while working now! Think she’ll get better with more age…

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  • Vivian says:

    She definitely needs to go. There are photos of her asleep at the wheel so she obviously has no idea what the heck is going on. That’s not the way to make important decisions.

  • Gail says:

    Ruth Bader Gingsberg should have retired a long time ago. She has been caught sleeping on the job numerous times and shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court anymore! If she’s not careful God may punish her for her selfishness! She needs to go!

  • Gail says:

    Ruth Bader Ginsberg no longer belongs on the Supreme Court! If she doesn’t leave on her own she just may be passing away. She is too old and should be forced to retire!

  • If this old lady Ginsburg doesn’t retire very soon we just might find her dead, sitting up in her chair, trying to play alive, lol!

  • Hey u old lady Ginsburg, Please, for the sake of our country, please, please retire, for GODS sake!

  • RWF