As the Trump wrecking machine increasingly rattles much of America, progressives, Democrats and centrists alike got an unexpected blow in the gut on Friday with news that beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, was in surgery at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. Notorious RBG, as the pop icon Justice is called, is recovering from her third bout with cancer with the removal of two nodules from her left lung.
Sloan Kettering doctors insist that Ginsburg’s lung cancer did not spread to other areas of her body, leaving weeping Americans believing that she will make a full recovery.
Weeks ago, Ginsburg fell in her office, fracturing several ribs. During her treatment, scans revealed the cancerous growths. Even cancer surgery didn’t get in the Supreme’s way, as Her Honor cast a deciding vote from her hospital bed against US President Donald Trump’s attempts to place new restrictions on migrants seeking asylum in the US.
With her vote, and that of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. joining the four-person liberal wing, the highest court refused to overturn a lower-court decision that the Trump administration can’t enforce its new policy of denying asylum to migrants who illegally cross the Mexican border.
“Whatever the scope of the president’s authority,” Judge Tigar wrote in the earlier ruling appealed to the Supreme Court, “he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.”
Trump slammed the decision as the work of an Obama-appointed judge. There is concern that Trump is increasingly at odds with Chief Justice Roberts, who responded to Trump’s tweet about Judge Tigar with the statement: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” the chief justice said, adding that an “independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”