One of the most liberal voices in the Supreme Court just said she isn’t stepping down for years.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has no plans to retire soon, making it very clear during a speech on Sunday that she has years before she believes it will be time to step down.
“I’m now 85,” Ginsburg said. “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.”
Ginsburg was nominated by former President Bill Clinton in 1993 and has been one of the most liberal voices on the bench. In the past, she has been outspoken about her dislike for President Donald Trump, prompting him to send out tweets telling her to resign:
Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2016
One of the president’s campaign promises was to nominate only conservative judges, but Ginsburg has not commented on whether Trump is a deciding factor in her decision to stay on the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court justice has already hired law clerks for two more terms, and when asked about term limits, she stated that the process to change it is too difficult.
“You can’t set term limits because to do that, you’d have to amend the Constitution,” Ginsburg said. “Article 3 says … we hold our offices during good behavior. And most judges are very well-behaved.”
Although Ginsburg said it will be at least five years before she considers stepping down, it is uncertain if that time frame will change if Trump is re-elected in 2020.