The 85-year-old far left Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized 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.

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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.”

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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!

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

Chicago Tribune– In her absence, the court went ahead Thursday with a courtroom ceremony welcoming new Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who joined the court last month. President Donald Trump and new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker were on hand.

Ginsburg has had a series of health problems. She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. She also was hospitalized after a bad reaction to medicine in 2009.

Ginsberg during Obama State of the Union speech.

Rib fractures are common among older adults, particularly after falls. The severity depends in part on whether the ribs are cracked or broken all the way through, and how many are broken. The extent of Ginsburg’s injury was not clear.

A complete break requires making sure the two ends are in alignment so that a sharp piece of bone doesn’t puncture nearby blood vessels or organs. Broken ribs typically heal on their own in six weeks to a month, and patients are advised to limit strenuous activity. But they can be very painful and controlling pain is key. A chief complication is pneumonia, when patients don’t breathe deeply enough or cough enough because of the rib pain.

President Trump has already appointed two Supreme Court Justices, in less than two years into his first term.

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