Ginsburg hospitalized after fall that puts renewed focus on Trump’s ability to shape Supreme Court
Trump has list at ready in event of a justice’s retirement or death
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Thursday morning in a development that puts renewed emphasis on President Donald Trump’s ability to shape the Supreme Court.
Ginsburg was hospitalized after falling in her office Wednesday night and fracturing three ribs, the Supreme Court said. The 85-year-old Ginsburg, a member of the court’s liberal wing, was admitted to George Washington University Hospital for treatment.
Trump has seen two of his nominees — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — confirmed to the Supreme Court, and could pick from an existing list of candidates should Ginsburg retire or die.
The list of potential picks Trump chose Kavanaugh from also includes former Texas Supreme Court justice Don Willett and Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican.
Ginsburg said earlier this year she would like to spend “at least” five more years on the bench. Her advancing age has made liberals nervous, as Trump is expected to name a third conservative to the high court in the event of a vacancy.
Trump attended Kavanaugh’s investiture ceremony at the Supreme Court on Thursday morning. The president nominated Kavanaugh to fill the spot vacated when Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement in June. Kennedy was 81 when he announced he was leaving.
It’s a shame that you wiseguys paint Justice Ginsburg as having one foot in the grave, you speak as though her seat is up for grabs. (I am hoping and praying to Jehovah God that she outlive all and don’t you Danites/Danettes dare sneak into her home and inject her with “natural causes”!) I cannot find the article that mentions Mike Lee of Utah as one of the candidates on the list. If so, if he is nominated and confirmed, he will be the only one of five U.S. Supreme Court Justices to admit that he is a Mormon.