The makeup of the Supreme Court has changed drastically since Donald Trump became President in 2016. Trump was able to place both Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on the court, thanks to the Republican majority in the Senate.
The health of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been closely watched by both Democrats and Republicans. The 86 year old judge has had numerous health problems and some wonder if she may have to retire at some point. Bader Ginsburg tried to ease these fears on Saturday, claiming that her cancer treatments are going very well.
The justice made the comments during a question and answer session at the Library of Congress National Book Festival. When she walked into the room, she exclaimed, “As this audience can see, I am alive. And I’m on my way to being very well.”
The event’s host, Nina Totenberg, asked Bader Ginsburg if she’d be better off getting some rest. She replied, “The term, we have more than a month yet to go. I’ll be prepared when the time comes.”
President Trump was recently asked about the health of the justice. He said of Bader Ginsburg, “I hope she does really well. I’m hoping she’s going to be fine. She’s pulled through a lot. She’s strong, very tough.”
When asked why she keeps going by Totenberg, Bader Ginsburg said, “It’s the best and the hardest job I ever had, and it’s what has kept me going through four cancer bouts. Instead of concentrating on my aches and pains I just know I have to read this set of briefs, draft opinions. So I have to surmount whatever is going on in my body and concentrate on the court’s work.”
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