With fewer than 50 days until Election Day, President Donald Trump could get a chance to nominate a monumental third justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Friday evening.
"The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty; and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government."—Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her 2012 book, 'My Own Words'
Throughout her career as a Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought adamantly for gender equality and reproductive rights.
The Notorious R.B.G.—a nickname Ginsburg earned after her dissent in a case rolling back federal oversight of voting rights—made her mark on the law long before she was nominated to the High Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
The Supreme Court announced Friday evening that Ginsburg had passed from complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer at the age of 87.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced her latest bout with cancer earlier this summer.
"The Justice is resting comfortably and expects to be released from the hospital by the end of the week," according to a statement from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Supreme Court associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed that she is undergoing chemotherapy and plans to remain working.
The 87-year-old justice said she began treatment after a May 19 biopsy showed she had lesions on her liver.
She was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. last night after experiencing fever and chills.
Ginsburg "expects to stay in the hospital for a day or two," the U.S. Supreme Court said.
Rod Brownstein of CNN suggested that President Trump would use supposed bias against him to ignore the Supreme Court if he wins a second term.
Ginsburg, 86, was being evaluated for a possible infection.
"She knows her days are numbered...If you were that one super liberal Supreme Court justice, wouldn't you be trying to live forever?" Randy Corporon asked to chuckles from the crowd.
Applause swept through the crowd, which had begun to gather at 4 a.m. in order to secure entry to the event.
"There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months," Ginsburg said in a recent interview with NPR.
Melania Trump jumped seven places from her position in the same ranking last year, while Clinton dropped four places.
U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a socially conservative Catholic, has been menioned since late 2017 as a potential Supreme Court pick, most recently as a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, should she retire.
Justice Elena Kagan, who wrote the dissenting opinion, called the majority's decision "profoundly wrong."
Former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka was among the Trump backers questioning her whereabouts.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham worked himself into an angry-faced tirade on Fox News Sunday, even appearing to remove his microphone as he and host Chris Wallace ended the interview.
Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg is recovering from surgery after having two cancerous nodules removed from her lungs.
"Justice Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital yesterday and is recuperating at home," said Kathy Arberg, a public information officer for the Supreme Court.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery Friday in New York City.
"Justice Ginsburg is very ill. Another Justice appointment inevitable and soon. Bad news for the left," O'Reilly tweeted on Friday afternnon.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had the two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung removed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York today. The malignant growth were discovered incidentally, when her rib fractures were diagnosed and treated in November.