Justice Ginsburg Won't Attend SOTU

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2015 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. Ginsburg’s public criticism of Donald Trump is dividing legal experts over whether the leader of the court’s liberal wing should recuse herself in any future case involving him. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Trump’s first SOTU speech on Tuesday night will be at least one justice short. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not be in attendance, opting instead to continue her speaking tour with a stop at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

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Ginsburg declined to attend Trump’s first address to congress after his election. As a vocal critic of Trump, it could be inferred that Ginsburg is making a statement. Ginsburg attend all eight of President Obama’s addresses. However, it isn’t unheard of for a Supreme Court Justice to decline to attend a State of the Union address. Before his death in 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia hadn’t been at a SOTU since 1997.

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The address will begin at 9 p.m. EST.