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Should Ruth Bader Ginsburg retire?

After a recent fall and hospitalization, people are once again questioning whether the Supreme Court's oldest Justice should consider retirement. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is currently the most vocal liberal voice on a court that would swing fully to the right if she should retire during the Trump presidency. Because of that prospect, Democrats don't even like to contemplate Ginsburg's potential retirement. But at age 85, many people worry she may not have the mental capacity to effectively rule on the bench. What do you think?

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Ginsburg has stated, many times, that she intends to remain on the court as long as she feels she is mentally and physically up to the task. While her recent fall put her in the hospital, according to the New York Times, she was discharged shortly after and immediately began working from home. 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital on Friday after treatment for three broken ribs sustained in a fall at her office Wednesday evening.
“She is doing well and plans to work from home today,” said Kathleen Arberg, a spokeswoman for the court.
If history is any guide, Justice Ginsburg will be on the bench at the next sitting of the Supreme Court, which begins Nov. 26.
In 2012, she broke two ribs without missing work. Two years later, she returned to work quickly after undergoing a heart procedure.
Justice Ginsburg, 85, is the senior member of the court’s four-member liberal wing. She has repeatedly vowed to stay on the court as long as her health holds and she stays mentally sharp. In a 2013 interview, she said she loved her work and intended to continue “as long as I can do the job full-steam, and that, at my age, is not predictable.”
At oral arguments, her questioning is pointed and betrays detailed familiarity with the parties’ legal arguments and the record in the case.
She often talks about her workouts with a trainer, whom she has called “my physical fitness guardian since 1999.”
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During the 2016 election cycle, Ginsburg made waves by speaking out against a potential Trump presidency. Per the New York Times

“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. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”

Then-candidate Trump took to Twitter to rebuke Ginsburg for her statements, which went against judicial precedent not to comment on political races. In the tweet, Trump suggested Ginsburg retire. 

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Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, wrote in a 2017 op-ed for the Hill that Ginsburg should have retired years ago, during the Obama administration. By remaining on the Court, she has risked not only her legacy but also judicial precedent in the country for decades to come. 

It may also have been an equally huge loss for the of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who ignored increasing calls for her retirement during the Obama administration to avoid the prospect of the flipping of her seat from a liberal to a conservative member. That gamble — whatever calculation — could now cost a sweeping number of key cases hanging by a 5-4 margin, including much of the precedent built around Roe v. Wade, if not an outright overturning of that decision.
...Various advocates suggested for years that Ginsburg might be staying too long on the Court. Those suggestions became more and more blunt as Obama’s second term progressed. What began as polite suggestions that it “might be time to leave” became more and more pointed, if not panicked, in the last two years of the Obama term. Recently, CNN’s Chris Cuomo put it in the most vivid terms and asked a senator, now that Trump is president, “What if Ruth Bader Ginsburg runs out of gas?"
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Ginsburg has indicated, however, that she has no intention of leaving her post during this Trump term. Per Newsweek:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dashed any hope President Donald Trump might have had that she would resign before the end of his term, announcing on Thursday that she had hired a full slate of clerks through 2020. 
The announcement bucks ongoing speculation that Ginsburg, 84, is nearing retirement: Typically, justices planning on stepping down don't hire all of their clerks for the upcoming term.
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