In her new book on the 2016 presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she hopes Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remains on the Supreme Court for as long as possible, following President Donald Trump’s shock victory.
Clinton wrote that she saw Ginsburg, 84, at Trump’s inauguration in January, and expressed regret that her defeat required Ginsburg to continue her judicial service.
“I ran into Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, walking slowly but with steely determination,” Clinton wrote. “If I had won, she might have enjoyed a nice retirement. Now I hoped she’d stay on the bench as long as humanly possible.”
Clinton makes no reference to former President Barack Obama’s ill-fated Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, nor does she offer any hint as to who she may have been considering for the vacancy occasioned by the death of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
She also admitted that Ginsburg’s twice-weekly workout regiment is more aggressive than her own.
“I’m no match for Ruth Bader Ginsburg however, who pumps iron and does planks and push-ups two days a week,” she wrote. “Her regimen is daunting; mine is more forgiving.”
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