Ruth Bader Ginsburg is always one to think big. Speaking in New York City on Sunday, Ginsburg told an audience that she plans at least 5 more years on the Supreme Court. (Yes!)
“I’m now 85,” she said, “my senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years.”
As Ginsburg ages, however, many have worried about her health, especially as President Trump appoints Brett Kavanaugh — an anti-abortion, super conservative judge — to the court. But the unlikely fitness guru remains strong. (And so does her legacy: A biopic, controversially starring Felicity Jones, is set to premiere this fall.)
Ginsburg, whose made her prediction at play about the life of Justice Antonin Scalia, “The Originalist,” also spoke about her late husband, Martin Ginsburg. She told the audience,”My dear spouse would say that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle — it is the pendulum. And when it goes very far in one direction you can count on its swinging back.”
CNN also reported that Ginsburg has hired law clerks for the next two terms (that’s through 2020 —yes!).
However, her “5 more years” comment quickly went viral.
Just saying my regular nightly prayer that my dog and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are alive at the end of the next 5 years.
— Maris Kreizman (@mariskreizman) July 30, 2018
“I think I have at least 5 more years” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 7/29/18 pic.twitter.com/ztkZKIxefq
— Julie Cohen (@FilmmakerJulie) July 30, 2018
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “I have at least five more years on the Supreme Court.”
I hope you live forever, RBG.
— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) July 30, 2018
I almost broke down in tears when I saw Ruth Bader Ginsburg trending. So relieved to find out that she was just planning to stay on the Supreme Court for at least 5 more years. Keep lifting those weights, RBG! pic.twitter.com/aTlfx6F43g
— Mia (@thepaperword) July 30, 2018
In a recent documentary on Ginsburg’s life and influence, RBG, Ginsburg is shown working out with her trainer. (Her workout is low-key very hard.) As JTA noted, Ginsburg has survived pancreatic cancer and colon cancer while serving on the court. Here’s to hoping she will survive the Trump administration.
Header image by Wake Forest University Law School on Flickr.