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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Ginsburg will not attend Trump's first State of the Union

Ginsburg will not attend Trump's first State of the Union

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not be in attendance at President Trump's first State of the Union address on Tuesday. 

Ginsburg is scheduled to be at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island for her speaking tour on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

While Ginsburg has been critical of Trump in the past, her talk at the university was announced last August. 
Ginsburg did not attend Trump's address to Congress last year after attending all eight of former President Obama's addresses. 
Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas also did not attend Trump's address. 
It is not abnormal for Supreme Court justices to skip out on the annual presidential addresses. 
Late Justice Antonin Scalia had not attended a State of the Union since 1997 prior to his death in 2016. 
"You just sit there, looking stupid," Scalia once said, according to CNN. 
Alito, who famously shook his head and mouthed "not true" after Obama criticized the court in his 2010 State of the Union, said after the address he would not attend in the near future, saying he felt "like the proverbial potted plant."
Ginsburg and Trump have clashed in the past. 
The justice referred to then-candidate Trump as a "faker" in 2016, and said she could not imagine what the country would be like with Trump as president. 
Trump fired back on Twitter, saying she should step down from her post.  
Trump appealed to his base on the campaign trail through promising to pack federal courts with conservative judges. 
He appealed to conservatives last year when he appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch to the highest court.

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