You may recall the infamous picture of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nodding out at a State of the Union address of former President Barack Obama in 2015.
Here’s a video of her nodding off and the backstory that the justices had gone out to dinner and had some “fine California wine” beforehand, so she wasn’t exactly sober.
But it doesn’t look like Americans will have the chance to capture Ginsburg nodding off at the State of the Union this year.
While she was in attendance at every SOTU address of Barack Obama, she has announced she will not be in attendance on Tuesday for President Donald Trump’s address.
She will be giving a talk at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island instead, an engagement she made back in August.
Ginsburg is an outspoken critic of Trump, despite it being an unspoken rule and considered improper for justices to comment on politics.
From Biz Pac Review:
Ginsburg clashed with President Trump during the 2016 election, calling him a “faker” and vowing to move to New Zealand in the event then-candidate Trump won.
The outspoken New York billionaire hit back, calling on Ginsburg to resign.
After receiving backlash for breaking Supreme Court by commenting on presidential politics, Ginsburg expressed regret for her remarks.
“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,” she said at the time.
Justice Ginsburg also skipped President Trump’s address to Congress last year.
This will not be the first time that a justice has skipped out on the event, so it is not completely abnormal.
While Ginsburg is skipping out on the SOTU, she’s giving every signal that she wouldn’t be skipping out on the Supreme Court anytime soon.
Although she is 84 years old, she has signaled that she intends to stay around for awhile.
From Fox News:
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Ginsburg’s nomination by President Bill Clinton and her confirmation as the second woman on the court — following former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
“She is so spry,” said friend Ann Claire Williams, a newly retired federal appeals court judge, adding that Ginsburg’s mind is also sharp and her recall on cases “extraordinary.”
The eldest Supreme Court justice has produced two of the court’s four signed opinions so far this term. She’s even hired law clerks to take her through June 2020, just months before the next presidential election.
Looks like she’s not intending on retiring anytime soon.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]