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Justice Ginsburg Is Getting Her Passport Ready in Case Trump Wins

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By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on July 11, 2016 1:15 PM

Are your Democrat friends and colleagues threatening to move to Canada should Donald Trump win the presidential elections? Well, they may not be getting far enough away, at least not for one of the Supreme Court's most liberal justices.

In a uniquely revealing and political interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that, should Trump be elected, she just may have to move to New Zealand.

The Unfathomable Trump Presidency

Justice Ginsburg has never been shy about her politics. She started her career as a feminist attorney and has remained a consistent liberal voice on the Court for more than twenty years. But most Supreme Court justices, including Justice Ginsburg, usually tiptoe around partisan politics, lest they be accused of bias in future cases.

But Justice Ginsburg may have given up on holding back. In an interview last Friday, she told the press that the effect of a Trump presidency, on the public and on the Supreme Court, was something she didn't even want to consider.

"I can't imagine what this place would be -- I can't imagine what the country would be -- with Donald Trump as our president," she said, according to the New York Times. "For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be -- I don't even want to contemplate that."

She added that her late husband would have joked that, should Trump win, "Now it's time for us to move to New Zealand."

The Importance of Our Next President, "Whoever She Will Be"

Indeed, the next president, Trump or otherwise, will likely be able to shape the Supreme Court for years to come. Justice Ginsburg, the Court's most senior member at 83-years old, has long insisted that she will stay on the bench as long as possible. (She'd probably have to resign should she relocate to New Zealand, however.) But while Justice Ginsburg doesn't expect to retire soon, her colleagues might not be around forever, she noted. "Kennedy is about to turn 80. Breyer is going to turn 78."

"It's likely that the next president, whoever she will be, will have a few appointments to make," she said.

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