Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the leader of the court’s four-member liberal block.
But Ginsburg has also suffered from health issues – including multiple bouts with cancer – for years.
And Ruth Bader Ginsburg stunned Americans into silence with this shocking news about retirement.
Towards the end of August, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her doctors revealed the Supreme Court Justice underwent three weeks of radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer.
This radiation treatment comes on the heels of Ginsburg suffering three fractured ribs and undergoing surgery to remove cancerous tumors on her lungs.
The onslaught of health scares led many Americans to wonder if Ginsburg planned to step down from the Supreme Court.
Liberals panicked at this idea.
Donald Trump replacing Ginsburg with a conservative – likely Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Justice Amy Coney Barrett – would tilt the court toward the right with six Republican-appointed justices.
That means conservatives could afford to see one rogue justice defect in key cases and still achieve victory.
A six to three conservative majority on the court would put Roe v. Wade – the Holy Grail of modern day liberalism – in serious jeopardy of being overturned.
Ginsburg addressed these rumors during an appearance at a book festival in Washington, D.C.
The liberal icon told the crowd she was on the road to recovery.
“This audience can see that I am alive,” Ginsburg told the crowd. “And I’m on my way to being very well.”
But there are signs Ginsburg’s health issues took their toll.
Ginsburg is known for churning out opinions.
This past term Ginsburg authored just six.
Some court watchers believe Ginsburg is waiting for the results of the 2020 Presidential election to announce her intentions.
If a Democrat defeats President Trump it is a virtual certainty that the 86-year-old Ginsburg will retire and allow Trump’s Democrat successor to appoint her replacement.
However, if President Trump wins, all bets are off.
Liberals hope Ginsburg rides out the final four years of President Trump’s second term and a Democrat wins in 2024.
If Ginsburg is forced to step down in 2020, Democrats will demand Mitch McConnell follow the precedent he set in 2016 when McConnell refused to hold a vote on Merrick Garland’s nomination because McConnell stated that in a divided government in an election year, the voters should decide who picks the next Supreme Court justice.
That would not apply in 2020.
Republicans control the Senate and President Trump is a sitting President running for re-election as opposed to Obama nominating Merrick Garland when Obama was a lame duck President facing a Republican-controlled Senate.
Ginsburg‘s claims of being healthy will put some of these fears in the minds of liberals to rest.
But given her run of health scares there is no guarantee Ginsburg isn’t forced to retire while Donald Trump is still President.
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