Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 85 years old, says she has at least 5 more years on the Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 85 years old, says she has at least 5 more years on the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 85, says she has 5 years left on the Supreme Court. She has made it clear she wants to outlast the Trump presidency. (Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

At 85, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the oldest serving member on the Supreme Court.

But she explained over the weekend that she plans to remain on the court for at least the next 5 years, meaning President Donald Trump may not have the chance to fill her seat if she gets her way.

What did she say?

Speaking at an event in New York City on Sunday, Ginsburg voiced her belief that she can remain on the court as long as her former colleague Justice John Paul Stevens, a Gerald Ford-nominee who retired from the court in 2010.

“I’m now 85. My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years,” she said, according to CNN.

Indeed, as CNN previously reported, Ginsburg has signaled her desire to outlast the first term Trump presidency as she has already hired law clerks for the next two court terms ending in June 2020.

Ginsburg, known by some simply as “RBG,” was nominated to the court by former President Bill Clinton and confirmed in 1993.

Ginsburg’s future on the court has been the subject of much speculation since Trump became president because her departure — via retirement or death — would afford Trump the opportunity to shift the court’s ideological tilt for at least the next two decades.

If Ginsburg were to depart the bench with Trump still in office, the president would have the opportunity to appoint his third justice to the court.

Anything else?

Ginsburg’s comments came after she viewed a play about the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia called “The Originalist.” Despite their ideological and interpretive differences, Scalia and Ginsburg were known to be close friends.

She also spoke about Scalia on Sunday, commenting how his strengths as a jurist challenged her to grow.

“If I had my choice of dissenters when I was writing for the court, it would be Justice Scalia,” Ginsburg said. “Sometimes it was like a ping-pong game.”

Scalia died suddenly in 2016. Filing his seat became a major point of contention on Capitol Hill after Republicans blocked Obama-nominee Merrick Garland from the court. Instead, Neil Gorusch, a Trump-nominee, was confirmed to the bench last year.