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A Trump Presidency? Ruth Bader Ginsburg Just Can’t Go There

July 8, 2016

'If it should be, then everything is up for grabs'

Supreme Court Justice and TIME 100 honoree Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a few thoughts about President Obama’s successor.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Ginsburg was asked about a potential Donald Trump presidency. “I don’t want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs,” she said.

She alluded in one simple pronoun to how she might vote, later in the interview: “It’s likely that the next president, whoever she will be, will have a few appointments to make.” (Emphasis ours.)

Ginsburg also discussed the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down major abortion restrictions in Texas. “It seemed to me it was a sham to pretend this was about a woman’s health,” said Ginsburg. She told the Associated Press that she decided to write her separate opinion because she “wanted something pithy.”

The Supreme Court has been divided ever since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February. Scalia wrote Ginsburg’s TIME 100 profile in 2015, praising her work: “I can attest that her opinions are always thoroughly considered, always carefully crafted and almost always correct (which is to say we sometimes disagree). That much is apparent for all to see.”

Ginsburg has hardly let her age slow her down from pursuing her other interests, such as traveling and opera. She’s even going to make a cameo in The Merchant of Venice this summer. She also is well-known for her desire to add more diversity on the Supreme Court. When asked at a Georgetown University event in 2015 when she thinks there will be enough women serving, she replied, “My answer is when there are nine.”

Read the full interview at AP.org.