SCOTUS’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She Has ‘At Least Five More Years’ On The Bench
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85-years-old but she has no plans to slow down anytime soon. The long-sitting Supreme Court Justice is ready for “at least” another five years on the SCOTUS bench.
On Sunday, the respected Supreme Court justice told CNN “I’m now 85. 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 must be feeling in good health because she’s already hired law clerks to support her efforts for at least two more terms.
The Supreme Court Justice was in New York City for a production of The Originalist, a play about the late Justice Antonin Scalia, when she spoke about her time serving the United States.
“If I had my choice of dissenters when I was writing for the court, it would be Justice Scalia,” Ginsburg said. “Sometimes it was like a ping-pong game,” she added.
“The Originalist” Director Molly Smith asked how Ginsberg has remained “hopeful” to which the justice responded, “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,” reports CNN.
When asked if the Supreme Court could set term limits, Ginsberg said it would require an amendment to the constitution.
“Article 3 says … we hold our offices during good behavior… And most judges are very well behaved,” she said to laughter.
When #RuthBaderGinsburg started trending on Twitter late Sunday night, Twitter users joked that they thought another seat was about to be vacated.
Saw Ruth Bader Ginsburg trending & I was on my way to the hospital to donate all my organs to keep her alive.
Then was relieved to see that she would be here another 5 years.
— Jamie D. (@JammedBus) July 30, 2018
The Justice’s supporters had reason to worry. The Supreme Court Justice has survived colon and pancreatic cancer. The Washington Post says Ginsburg has remained healthy thanks to the “RGB workout” which ” includes push-ups, planks, and arm curls.
How long will she remain on the bench? “As long as I can do the job full steam, I will do it,” Ginsburg told those in attendance.
In the meantime, Ginsburg has come under attack from Trump and his allies after she was caught nodding off during a State of the Union address. Trump said, “her mind is shot” before predicting he would appoint four Supreme Court Justices during his time as President.
Ginsburg is already five years past the average retirement age of the previous 11 Supreme Court Justices.