Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has faced a slew of questions about her ailing health and whether she is still capable of serving on the nation’s highest court.
During an interview Wednesday with NPR, the liberal lion made a strange health announcement and spoke about when she plans to retire.
“I am very much alive,” Ginsburg said with a smile.
Despite several health challenges and major surgeries over the years to remove cancerous nodes, Ginsburg said she isn’t planning on retiring soon.
“There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months,” she recalled. “That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now himself dead. I am very much alive.”
RBG admitted she was worried about her health, but didn’t think it warranted her stepping down from the Supreme Court.
“The work is really what saved me because I had to concentrate on reading the briefs, doing a draft of an opinion, and I knew it had to get done,” she said. “So I had to get past whatever my aches and pains were just to do the job.”
Obviously keeping the most liberal Justice on the court is more important to Democrats than her health and well being.
Ginsburg’s interview also made headlines after she came out against the extension of the nation’s high court to include more judges.
Many one of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have said publicly that they are open to extending the nation’s highest court from the current size of nine justices.
This is called “court packing,” and is a leftist attempt to add more left-leaning judges to the highest court in the nation.
So RBG being firmly against this position speaks volumes about just how radical the idea is.
But beyond that, there are serious issues still surrounding her health and how much longer she can continue to serve on the Supreme Court.
In late December, the 85-year-old Justice had surgery to remove two cancerous growths from her left lung, forcing her to miss almost a month of oral arguments on the Supreme Court.
In 2009, she had surgery for pancreatic cancer and missed time from the Supreme Court during her recovery.
Back in 1999, Ginsburg had colorectal cancer that required nine months of chemotherapy.
While President Donald Trump and many have wished nothing but the best for Ginsburg, many argue that her health issues have gotten worse.
And the fact that she still plans to serve for many more years is deeply concerning.