The ramifications of Donald Trump being elected the 45th President of the United States has yielded a variety of unexpected results for those who did not believe the American people would be so stupid as to put him in charge. One such individual is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who now finds herself in a bind of either retiring from the bench, or attempting to hang on for at least another four years to prevent Trump from placing a conservative justice in her place.
In 2013 Ginsberg was optimistic about the election results. In July she said, “I think it’s going to be another Democratic president. The Democrats do fine in presidential elections; their problem is they can’t get out the vote in the midterm elections.” How wrong she was. Ginsberg is now 83-years-old and looking at spending what could be the last years of her life on the bench, rather than taking time for herself to enjoy her golden years. She had flirted with resigning from The Supreme Court earlier, but did not believe Republicans would allow President Obama to appoint a new justice. She said, “Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court.” s
During an interview with The New York Times Ginsberg spoke about the potential of a Trump presidency:
I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.
It now appears Justice Ginsberg will have no choice but to contemplate what her next move will be, and how it will impact not only her legacy, but the entirety of the American population.