President Trump Is Already Anticipating the Retirement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is set to miss next week's oral arguments as she continues to recover from lung cancer surgery.

Replicas of Ginsburg's famous "dissent collar" -- the bib necklace she frequently wears when dissenting with a Supreme Court opinion -- sold out before it even went on sale.

"Her recovery from surgery is on track", court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said on January 11 in a statement. "Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required", the Court released Friday afternoon. Her retirement would give President Trump a chance to nominate a third justice.

The necklace reportedly landed in Ginsburg's famous collar collection after she received it in the VIP gift bag at Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year" gala that year. If Ginsburg steps down as one of the four liberal justices now serving, President Trump will nearly certainly appoint a conservative replacement, tilting the court further to the Right.

Monday was the first time Ginsburg, the oldest member of the nine-justice court, has missed oral arguments as a result of her various health scares, including two previous cancer diagnoses.

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A short list of potential nominees is being drafted by the White House counsel's office and the Senate Judiciary Committee's new chairman, Republican Sen.

Outside of Ginsburg's advanced age, adding to the speculation is her recent fall in November and the surgery she underwent last month to remove cancerous tumors from her lungs.

In July, Ginsburg said she wants to stay on the bench past 2020. There is no question the president would replace the left-leaning Ginsburg with a solid conservative, which would swing the court to a 6-3 conservative majority, a thought that horrifies the left. 'I wouldn't say she's exactly on my side, but I wish her well, I hope she gets better, and I hope she serves on the Supreme Court for many years'.

The source described the conversations as very preliminary so the White House is not "unprepared" for a grueling hearing. "But I'm confident she's not going anywhere". Her husband, Martin Ginsburg, died in 2010 due to complications of metastatic cancer. While even their allies like ACLU lawyer Mel Wulf (Justin Theroux) and women's rights activist Dorothy Kenyon (Oscar victor Kathy Bates) have their doubts that Ruth can win, both Marty and the Ginsburgs' daughter, Jane (Cailee Spaeny), urge her to keep forging ahead.