Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (AP/John Minchillo/Manuel Balce Ceneta/Photo montage by Salon)

Donald Trump can't resist, takes a jab at hospitalized Justice Ginsburg: "She's not on my side"

The president's well wishes to an ill Ruth Bader Ginsburg reveal just how politically he views the Supreme Court


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Izzie Ramirez
November 9, 2018 7:52PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump gave a backhanded get-well-soon — which was imbued with critiques of political differences — to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was hospitalized Thursday after fracturing three ribs.

"I wouldn't say she's exactly on my side,"  Trump said when asked by  but I wish her well I hope she gets better and I hope she serves on the Supreme Court for many years,”

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In 2016, Ginsburg had critiqued Trump during the election, calling him a “faker” in a CNN interview. "He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment,” she said. “He really has an ego.”

She later apologized, but Trump still called for Ginsburg to resign:

"I wish her well. She said something very inappropriate during the campaign, but she apologized for it," Trump said in light of her injury.

Ginsburg, who is a two-time cancer survivor, maintains a rigorous exercise routine in order to stay healthy enough to serve. Last year, at an appearance at George Washington University, Ginsburg said she plans on sticking it out.

“I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam," Ginsburg said, "When I can't, that will be the time I will step down."

That hasn’t changed. In July, the 85-year-old said she hopes to serve for another five years, just long enough to potentially see Trump out of office.

"I'm now 85," Ginsburg 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."

If Ginsburg resigns or passes away, it gives Trump one more seat to appoint, which will change the current 5-4 conservative majority.


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