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Justice Ginsburg vows to keep serving on the Supreme Court – no foreseeable retirement

Supreme Court justices have no limits to the amount of time they can serve — and one current judge is sticking around for as long as she can.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will be 85 in March, announced on Thursday that she has no intention of stepping down from the high court any time soon.

Meanwhile, the justice’s age and health remain a source of concern for Democrats, who don’t want one of the most liberal justices replaced by a pick from President Donald Trump.

Tip the court’s balance

The associate justice made her Thursday announcement in a talk with Jane Eisener, editor-in-chief of a liberal Jewish monntly publication called Forward, at the Adas Israel synagogue in northwest Washington.

“So I’m just candid, and I say ‘As long as I can do the job full steam, I will be here,’” Ginsburg said, to generous applause. She added that she wants to avoid giving President Donald Trump an opportunity to replace her with a conservative justice and thus “decisively tip the court’s balance.”

The high court currently is comprised of four conservatives, four liberals, and one swing vote: Justice Anthony Kennedy.

This isn’t the first time Ginsburg has announced she has no intention of stepping down, however. The Associated Press reported in January:

She has a standard response for interviewers who ask how long she intends to serve. She will stay as long as she can go “full steam,” she says, and she sees as her model John Paul Stevens, who stepped down as a justice in 2010 at age 90.

Watch Ginsburg’s full interview, which begins around the 5:00 mark:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Adas Israel

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins Forward Editor-in-Chief, Jane Eisner in a conversation that explores the intersection of law, media and Jewish life at Adas Israel Congregation. — If you liked this video, please share it with your friends, family and loved ones & hit that “like” button!

No love lost

Ginsburg and Trump have expressed a mutual dislike for one another since the president’s campaign in 2016, when she referred to the Republican presidential nominee as a “fake.”

Trump responded by calling upon the justice to resign:

Ginsburg later apologized for her remarks, but seems to still be feuding with the president. She failed to appear at Trump’s first State of the Union last month, choosing instead to deliver her own address at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

Although attendance at the State of the Union isn’t required of justices, she sat through each of former President Barack Obama’s annual addresses.

But it doesn’t make much difference for the president whether she attends any of his speeches for not.

Regardless, it seems like conservatives are stuck with her for the foreseeable future.