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Politics Fact check: Ruth Bader Ginsburg planned to stay on Supreme Court at least a few more years

02:02  22 september  2020
02:02  22 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Fact check :In 2016, Ginsburg said president is 'elected for four years not three years '. Ginsburg expected to serve at least a few more years on the high court . It’s true that toward the end of 2018, Ginsburg was recovering from multiple ailments, including rib fractures caused by a fall and her third

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a close up of a man: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg smiles as she discusses highlights of the court's current term and the impending decision in the Affordable Care Act litigation, at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy convention in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2012. © J. Scott Applewhite, AP Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg smiles as she discusses highlights of the court's current term and the impending decision in the Affordable Care Act litigation, at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy convention in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2012.

In the wake of the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a seat on the country’s highest court is open, which has led to a national debate over whether it should be filled prior to Election Day on Nov. 3.

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Former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday, with an outdoor viewing area for members of the public to pay respects.

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Democrats and some Republicans have said they are opposed to filling the seat within weeks of Election Day, but both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump said they intend to move forward with the confirmation process — with a nomination coming possibly as soon as this weekend.

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A meme posted Sept. 20 on Instagram falsely suggests that Ginsburg might have been on board with the idea of filling her seat during Trump’s presidency.

“My seat should have been vacant a year ago when I was plagued with several health issues. #FillTheSeat,” the meme’s text, overlaid on a picture of Ginsburg, reads.

The user who posted the meme did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment and clarification.

Fact check: In 2016, Ginsburg said president is 'elected for four years not three years'

Ginsburg expected to serve at least a few more years on the high court

It’s true that toward the end of 2018, Ginsburg was recovering from multiple ailments, including rib fractures caused by a fall and her third bout of cancer. She underwent a procedure to remove two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung after two cancerous growths were discovered while treating the fractured ribs. Post-surgery, there was no evidence the disease remained there or anywhere else in Ginsburg’s body.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t ready to retire from the highest bench in the land any time soon. Ginsburg is by far the Court ’s most outspoken critics of President Donald Trump. In a July 2016 interview with Adam And he stayed for 23 years , so I expect to stay at least as long.

The Supreme Court said in a statement that Ginsburg ’s “tumor was treated definitively and there is no If Ginsburg ’s seat does open up, Democrats will have little hope of blocking the nominee. “She’s someone who has been rumored to be the next person to retire since at least before Justice

In the summer of 2019, Ginsburg had a fourth bout of the disease, that time a tumor on her pancreas. The Supreme Court said then that her tumor was "treated definitively" and that, again, there was no evidence of the disease elsewhere.

A 'remarkable fight': RBG battled five bouts of cancer over two decades

But Ginsburg had no plans to leave her seat.

In 2013, Ginsburg told USA TODAY that she planned to stay on the court as long as she could.

“As long as I can do the job full-steam, I would like to stay here,” she said. “I have to take it year by year at my age, and who knows what could happen next year? Right now, I know I’m OK.”

Just six months before her 2018 fall, Ginsburg indicated she expected to stay on the court for at least another half-decade.

"I'm now 85," Ginsburg said in 2018, according to CNN. "My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so I think I have about at least five more years."

She added that she was opposed to imposing term limits on Supreme Court justices, because, in order to do so, the Constitution would have to be amended.

"Article 3 says ... we hold our offices during good behavior,” Ginsburg said. "And most judges are very well behaved."

In 2019, she defended her decision to stay on the Supreme Court, despite some suggesting she should have stepped down during President Barack Obama's second term.

Ginsburg v. cancer was a 'remarkable fight': RBG battled five bouts of cancer over two decades

  Ginsburg v. cancer was a 'remarkable fight': RBG battled five bouts of cancer over two decades Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had overcome four bouts with pancreatic, lung and colon cancer dating back two decades. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest justice on the U.S.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg , Jan. 30, 2012: You should certainly be aided by all the constitution writing that has It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done. Much more recently than the U.S FactCheck .org Rating: Distorts the Facts . Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg : “I would

"When that suggestion is made, I ask the question: Who do you think that the President could nominate that could get through the Republican Senate? Who you would prefer on the court (rather) than me?” she said, CNBC reported.

She also hired law clerks through 2020, according to TIME.

Ginsburg made clear, right up until her death, that she did not want to be replaced until after the election.

"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," Ginsburg said in a statement dictated to her granddaughter, Clara Spera, according to NPR.

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She ultimately died from complications of cancer — her fifth bout with the disease — Sept. 18.

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Our rating: False

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said on multiple occasions that she intended to keep her seat on the Supreme Court as long as she could and hopefully until she reached age 90. She never said her seat should have been filled last year. And her final wish was that her seat would not be filled until after the election. We rate this claim FALSE, because it was not supported by our research.

Our fact-check sources:

  • USA TODAY, Sept. 19, Trump, Democrats thrust Supreme Court fight forward as a central issue in November election
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 19, Fact check: Post declaring 4 GOP senators' views on filling Supreme Court opening is partly false
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 18, McConnell says Senate will vote on Trump's nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 21, Donald Trump: I'll probably announce Supreme Court pick on Friday or Saturday
  • USA TODAY, Dec. 21, 2018, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has malignant growths removed from lung, no signs of cancer remain
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 18, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's last wish: 'I will not be replaced until a new president is installed'
  • CNN, Aug. 21, 2018, Ginsburg suggests she has at least five more years on the Supreme Court
  • TIME, Aug. 26, 2019, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes First Public Appearance Since Pancreatic Cancer Announcement
  • NPR, Sept. 18, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87
  • MNBC, Sept. 18, 2019, Ruth Bader Ginsburg fires back against critics who say she should have retired under Obama: ‘Who would you prefer on the court?’
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 18, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies, setting up nomination fight
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 18, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Second woman on Supreme Court had been nation's leading litigator for women's rights
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 18, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Second woman on Supreme Court had been nation's leading litigator for women's rights
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 19, Ginsburg v. cancer was a 'remarkable fight': RBG battled five bouts of cancer over two decades

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The U.S. Supreme Court justice dictated a message to her granddaughter shortly before she died. As transcribed by her granddaughter, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg , the Supreme Court ’s feminist icon, not only changed the law, she also transformed the roles of men and women in society, according to Linda Greenhouse, contributing writer and former Supreme Court Correspondent for The Times.CreditCredit Todd Heisler/The New York

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