President Donald Trump would love for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — who has been publicly critical of the president — to resign before his term ends.
But the Justice’s latest move indicates she has no plans of retiring from her position anytime soon.
Ginsburg, 84, on Thursday appears to have hired a full staff of law clerks through 2020 — meaning that she intends to remain in office at least as long as Trump.
Ginsburg is viewed as a liberal judge and an advocate for women’s rights — she’s also no fan of Trump, who she has called “a faker” with “an ego.”
“I can’t imagine what this place would be—I can’t imagine what the country would be—with Donald Trump as our president,” Ginsburg told The New York Times in 2016, prompting Trump to call for her resignation by saying “her mind is shot,” Newsweek noted.
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
Ginsburg eventually apologized, but Trump is clearly eager to replace her, having already released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees, even without a vacancy.
It also appears that Trump will have to wait at least another year before Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, retires from the Supreme Court. Kennedy is the subject of frequent rumors regarding when he will leave the bench. Kennedy hired a set of clerks for the October 2018 term. As Newsweek noted, Kennedy said he would wait to retire for “at least” another year.