On Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed that she hired a full slate of clerks through 2020. This knocked down any hope that Trump may have had about Ginsburg resigning before his term is over.
This announcement comes as there is speculation that Ginsburg, who is 84, is nearing her retirement. To Trump, Ginsburg’s resignation would be a political gift. Trump has already released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees for seats that have not been vacated yet.
She has spoken out against Trump multiple times, such as during the 2016 presidential election. Also during a New York Times interview in July, she stated, “I can’t imagine what this place would be—I can’t imagine what the country would be—with Donald Trump as our president.” She also later described Trump as a “faker” and that he “really has an ego.”
After Ginsburg comments, Trump has called for her resignation saying that she made “dumb political statements” and also claimed that her “mind is shot.”
Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2016
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Ginsburg later apologized for her comments about Trump but since he has taken office, she has not been afraid to speak her mind about him.
In an interview with BBC’s “Newsnight” in February, she stated, “We’re not experiencing the best of times.”
The decision is pending on one issue that is the core of Trump’s agenda that Ginsburg can ruin Trump. It is on the Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. This case is on whether same-sex couples would be denied services because of someone’s religious belief and the basis of free speech.
Since her time serving on the court, Ginsburg has been recognized as a champion for liberal beliefs and women’s rights.
Ginsburg has made it clear that she plans on staying on the bench “as long as I can do it full steam.”
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