President Donald Trump reportedly mocks Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health as he predicts he will get to appoint four new justices to the bench in just his first term.
“It’s all about the numbers for him,” a source told Axios.
Trump says he’s already replaced Antonin Scalia and predicts Anthony Kennedy will retire.
“Ok,” one source told Trump. “So that’s two. Who are the others?”
“Ginsburg,” Trump replied. “What does she weigh? 60 pounds?”
“Who’s the fourth?” the source asked.
“Sotomayor,” Trump said, referring to the relatively recently-appointed Obama justice, whose name is rarely, if ever, mentioned in speculation about the next justice to be replaced. “Her health,” Trump explained. “No good. Diabetes.”
Sotomayor has had diabetes since she was seven years old. At 63, she is one of the younger justices on the court.
Ginsburg, 84, has been the subject of many well wishes since Trump won the presidency in November.
Ginsburg has vowed to stay on the court for as long as she can.
“I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam,” Ginsburg said earlier this year. “When I can’t, that will be the time I will step down.”
In an interview with BBC, she noted that Justice John Paul Stevens was 90 when he retired in 2010.
“So I have a way to go,” she quipped.
Trump feuded with Ginsburg during the campaign, claiming her “mind was shot” and she should “resign.”
“Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me,” Trump tweeted last July. “Her mind is shot – resign!”
Ginsburg had called Trump a “faker” because there is “no consistency” to anything he says.
“He is a faker,” Ginsburg told CNN. “He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that.”
“At first I thought it was funny,” she said.”To think that there’s a possibility that he could be president … ”
“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 had told The New York Times earlier.
Kennedy, on the other hand, has not been an outspoken critic of Trump and was ruled to restore Trump’s refugee ban.
At 81, he has been the subject of many retirement rumors but he’s staying put – at least this year.
According to NPR, the Ronald Reagan appointee plans to stay on at least until the current Supreme Court term ends. He has not committed to staying on the court beyond that.