(National Sentinel) Bias: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who was once scolded by President Barack Obama during a State of the Union address along with her fellow justices, has decided not to attend President Donald J. Trump’s first annual address to Americans.
It’s not as though Ginsberg isn’t able to travel, however. She plans to be part of a “fireside chat” at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island.
As part of her winter speaking tour, the engagement has been scheduled since August 2017.
That said, Ginsberg has previously, and uncharacteristically for a sitting justice, criticized Trump publicly, when she called him a “faker” with “no consistency.”
Also, last February Ginsberg did not attend Trump’s address to Congress, though as The Hill reported, she attended all eight of Obama’s congressional addresses.
Other left-leaning political figures won’t attend the State of the Union address, either, Multiple Democrat members of Congress, including Reps. Maxine Waters of California, John Lewis of Florida, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Frederica Wilson of Florida have announced they will boycott the annual event.
Other Democrats have announced different forms of protest. Some said they would wear black to honor victims of sexual assault, many of which were assaulted by liberal entertainers and actors.
After Trump’s speech, Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III — the grandson of former Attorney General Robert Kennedy — will deliver the Democrat response.
The last Justice Antonin Scalia began sitting out the annual addresses in 1998, until his death last year. “You just sit there, looking stupid,” he said in 2013, according to CNN.
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