Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgBiden's Supreme Court commission ends not with a bang but a whimper The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle Why do progressives want to cancel women? MORE defended conservative Justices Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughLocked and Loaded: Supreme Court is ready for a showdown on the Second Amendment Why Latinos need Supreme Court reform Feehery: A Republican Congress is needed to fight left's slide to autocracy MORE and Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchLocked and Loaded: Supreme Court is ready for a showdown on the Second Amendment Justices weigh request for information on CIA's post-9/11 torture program Supreme Court declines to hear dispute over DC representation in Congress MORE as “very decent and very smart.”
"I can say that my two newest colleagues are very decent and very smart individuals," she said Wednesday at an event in Washington, D.C., according to CNN.
Ginsburg’s comments come amid concerns that if she were to die or to retire from the bench, a spot would open up on the nine-member court for President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE to appoint a third conservative justice and push the ideological balance further to the right.
In an interview with NPR on Tuesday, the 86-year-old justice refuted those concerns, saying she's "very much alive."
Ginsburg is one of the court’s four liberal-leaning justices and has served on the bench since 1993. Earlier this month, she praised Kavanaugh for his entirely female staff as a “very important first.”
"There is a very important first on the Supreme Court this term, and it's thanks to our new justice, Justice Kavanaugh, whose entire staff is all women. All of his law clerks are women," Ginsburg said at an event held by Georgetown Law, CNN reports.
She added: “And with his four women as law clerks, it's the first time in the history of the United States that there have been more women clerking at the court than men."
Gorsuch, Trump’s first Supreme Court appointment, was sworn in in April 2017, while Kavanaugh — who replaced Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court’s swing vote — was sworn in on Oct. 6 after a controversial confirmation process centered on multiple sexual assault allegations.
Kavanaugh recently came under fire for appointing the daughter of Yale law professor and self-branded “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua, who publicly supported Kavanaugh’s nomination, to a clerkship in his office.