Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not be attending President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday. That’s right—one of the most venerable justices on the Supreme Court is boycotting the president.
Instead, Ginsburg will be participating in a “fireside chat” at the Roger Williams University School of Law, together with First US Circuit Court of Appeals Senior Judge Bruce M. Selya.
As Newsweek points out, this is not the first time Ginsburg has chosen to skip a Trump speech. Last year, Ginsburg refused to attend Trump’s joint address in Congress in February—though she attended all eight of former President Barack Obama’s addresses to Congress during his tenurel.
During the presidential campaign in 2016, Ginsburg made disparaging remarks about then-candidate Trump to the Associated Press and other news outlets. She referred to Trump as a “faker” in 2016, and said she could not imagine what the country would be like with Trump as president. Trump responded in a tweet:
Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2016
Ginsburg has served on the Court since 1993. At the time of her confirmation she was only the second woman ever on the Supreme Court, the first being former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Ginsburg, 84, is now the eldest Justice on the bench.
On Sunday, the Associated Press reported that Ginsburg intends to serve for years as to come, so long as she can go “full steam.”
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