Supreme Court Justice Announces plan to Skip Trump's State of the Union

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January 28, 2018Jan 28, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has announced she won't be attending President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday. Rather than attending Trump's speech, she will instead be at Roger Williams University to deliver a talk that was first announced in August. 

Ginsburg is 84 years old and has sent signals that she has no plans to retire. To the delight of her supporters, the justice claims that she plans to retain her seat for years to come. There are, in other words, no immediate retirement plans in Ginsburg's future. 

According to Fox News, Ginsburg was recently asked how long she plans to serve. To this question responded that she intends to serve the country for as long as she can, and she plans to go "full steam," drawing inspiration from her own personal role model, Justice John Paul Stevens who stepped down in 2010 at the age of 90.

Interestingly, Ginsburg seems to be in remarkable health — or at least in as good of health as one can expect to be at 84 years old. One friend claimed, according to Fox News, that "she is so spry," before adding that Ginsburg's mind is still sharp and "extraordinary."

Ginsburg was nominated 25 years ago by President Bill Clinton and she is the second woman to ever be nominated to the Supreme Court. The first was Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

This isn't the first time that Ginsburg hasn't attended a State of the Union. In fact, she also missed the address last year. Other justices have missed presidential State of the Union addresses int he past. Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas didn't attend President Trump's address last year, according to The Hill

Justice Antonin Scalia hadn't attended a State of the Union since 1997 to his death prior to 2016. 

"You just sit there, looking stupid," Scalia once remarked to CNN, referring to what he feels like when he sits at presidential State of the Union addresses. 

Other justices have also skipped the address. This is certainly not an unusual thing, and shouldn't necessarily be interpreted as a political snub against the president. 

It is certainly the case, however, that President Trump and Justice Ginsburg have clashed in previous years. The justice once referred to Trump as a "faker" in 2016. In response, Trump fired back on Twitter, claiming that she should step down and that she made a big mistake by making a "very dumb political statement." 

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/753090242203283457

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