Ginsburg to skip Trump’s speech to Congress: report

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg plans on missing President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress, Bloomberg News reported.

Conservative Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, who have not attended such speeches over the last several years, will also pass on viewing Trump’s address. 

Ginsburg attended all eight of President Obama’s speeches.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told Bloomberg that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan will be in attendance.

{mosads}Ginsburg, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton in 1993, also skipped former President George W. Bush’s speeches during her tenure.

Alito has not attended a speech since 2010, Bloomberg said, the year Obama criticized the justices’ ruling on campaign finance in Citizens United vs. FEC.

Obama accused the nation’s highest court of disregarding 100 years of precedent, a claim that made Alito shake his head and mouth “not true” as Democratic lawmakers applauded behind him.

Thomas’s attendance record is also spotty: The last speech he attended was in 2009.

The justice said in 2010 that the event had become so partisan that “it’s very uncomfortable for a judge to sit there.”

Roberts has never missed a speech, Bloomberg added, despite questioning whether justices should attend events so like a “political pep rally” in the past.

Ginsburg called Trump a “faker” in July, saying the then-candidate “has no consistency about him.”

“[Trump] says whatever comes into his head at the moment,” she said shortly before the Republican National Convention. “He really has an ego.”

She later apologized for the comments, calling them “ill-advised.”

Trump responded by deriding Ginsburg’s intellect and calling for her resignation on Twitter two days later.

“Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me,” he tweeted. “Her mind is shot – resign!”

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