Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 85-years old, missed Donald Trump attending Brett Kavanaugh’s formal investiture after being hospitalized after having a fall at her office, breaking three ribs. Back in July, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that she wished to carry on as a Supreme Court Associate Judge for a further five years, but now, there are some major concerns about her health, in being able to do so.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was taken into the George Washington University facility on Thursday, where she was observed and treated for three fractured ribs following her fall, which happened whilst she was at work.
Ginsburg experienced discomfort following her tumble on Wednesday at work, a court statement said. This meant that she was unable to attend Brett Kavanaugh’s formal inauguration, which took place with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania in attendance. They both posed for photographs with the rest of the bench.
The inauguration is traditionally attended by all Supreme Court Judges, but due to Ginsburg’s fall and treatment, she was unfit to join the rest of the Supreme Court bench.
Ruth Ginsburg’s fall came on the same day that Donald Trump announced that he was forcing Attorney General Jeff Sessions out to be replaced by Matthew Whitaker, sparking Democrats to label it a constitutional crisis. Furthermore, when Ruth Bade Ginsburg steps down, Trump will naturally appoint her replacement.
Ginsburg broke three ribs on her left side, following on from previous falls in 2012 when she broke two ribs. She has had two prior bouts with cancer, and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014.
Although it is not yet confirmed whether Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s latest fall will prevent her from continuing to serve on the Supreme Court, however, it could be possible that Donald Trump could have to fill another SCOTUS vacancy should RBG step down, amidst health concerns.
Donald Trump has already appointed Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh as part of the GOP base on the bench, and now, he could soon have to make a third appointment, presumably before the new year, if Ruth Bader Ginsburg is unable to continue.
Ginsburg is part of an out-voted minority of the liberal wing on the court, since after Kavanaugh’s formal confirmation, following on from the false rape allegations circus which couldn’t stop him, now puts conservatives on the bench with a likely 5 to 4 majority, following the retirement of swing vote Anthony Kennedy.
The retired Anthony Kennedy did attend Brett Kavanaugh’s formal inauguration yesterday, with Donald Trump openly speculating after the event in a South Lawn interview, that he would openly appoint multiple justices, stating, “A lot of theories on that. It could be three. Under one theory, it could be four. And then some people could say two could happen.”
Trump added, “So, you know, it could anywhere be from, I would say, one or two, to four additional. So we’ll see.”
“You know what? I hope everyone remains healthy. I’m very happy the way it is right now. And we put a great man, and I think going to be a great Justice on the court. But, you know, it’s a guessing game. You don’t know.”
So there you have it! Whilst Ruth Bader Ginsburg had previously predicted that she could work to 90-years old or even 91-years old on the Supreme Court, this now seems to come into doubt, as concerns grow over her health. Hopefully Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets well soon.
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