85-yr-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery today, to remove cancerous nodules from her lungs. The openly anti-Trump Justice was hospitalized only one day after the 2018 midterm elections, after reportedly taking a nasty fall in her home on Wednesday evening. Many have been waiting for the retirement of Justice Ginsburg, who was highly critical of Donald Trump while he was a candidate for President, and who was a huge fan of Barack Obama’s.
Mike Valerio of WUSA9 tweeted a statement that was released by the Supreme Court of the United States regarding Ginsburg’s surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
The statement that was released today read:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7. According to the thoracic surgeon, Valeria W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation. Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Currently, no further treatment is planned. Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days. Updates will be provided as they become available.
#RGB#BREAKING: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery today for early stage lung cancer, according to the Supreme Court public information officer.
• The 85-year-old is at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York.
• NO traces of disease found after surgery@WUSA9 pic.twitter.com/6PM2z2qzQs
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) December 21, 2018
Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly tweeted that Ginsburg is “very ill.” O’Reilly predicts, “Another Justice appointment inevitable and soon. Bad news for the left.”:
Justice Ginsburg is very ill. Another Justice appointment inevitable and soon. Bad news for the left.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) December 21, 2018
Lung cancer begins in the lungs with abnormal cells which cluster to form a tumor. These cancer cells grow without any control or order, destroying the healthy lung tissue around them.
The reason lung cancer causes so much concern is that it often spreads to lymph nodes or other organs in the body, such as the brain. If the cancer cells grow too quickly, they can prevent organs in the body from working properly. Cancer that begins in other parts of the body may spread to the lungs, but this is not the same as lung cancer.
A cancerous lung nodule often should be removed with surgery, and if no other cancer is found, it may require no other treatment. When caught early, malignant lung nodules are often successfully treated.
While Donald Trump was running for President, Ginsburg trashed his character, saying, “He is a faker. He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that.”
During a New York Times interview, Ginsburg warned about a Trump presidency: “I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.”
On July 12, 2016, President Trump responded to Ginsburg’s criticism of him, calling on her to resign:
Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!
Even House Speaker Paul Ryan called out Ginsburg for her criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump:
It is highly unusual for a justice to make such politically charged remarks, and some critics said she crossed the line. House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday night the comments were “out of place.”“For someone on the Supreme Court who is going to be calling balls and strikes in the future based upon whatever the next president and Congress does, that strikes me as inherently biased and out of the realm.” – CNN