It was once unclear if Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be at Trump’s Tuesday State of the Union address following a fall that left her with a broken rib and surgery to remove cancer in her lung just weeks ago.
But that question was finally settled on Tuesday when the 85-year-old Ginsburg did not appear in the House chamber for the joint session of Congress to hear the annual presidential address.
Earlier in the evening, a CNN reporter snapped a few pictures of the Supreme Court justices walking through the halls of Congress after arriving at the Capitol — but Ginsburg was not one of them.
Some of the Supreme Court justices of the United States – Justice Kavanaugh’s first time here on the bench pic.twitter.com/83BjAOWNDw
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) February 6, 2019
Later, as the justices were officially announced and entered the chamber, it was revealed that Ginsburg was not one of the four of the court’s nine justices who were in attendance.
Bush-appointed Chief Justice John Roberts, Obama-appointed Justice Elena Kagan, and both of President Donald Trump’s appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, did attend the speech.
Four members of the US Supreme Court are here tonight. Chief Justice Roberts, along with Justices Kagan, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. pic.twitter.com/dtE3L0D4QX
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) February 6, 2019
Where is Ginsburg?
To be sure, Ginsburg did not attend Trump’s two prior State of the Union addresses before Congress and likely had no intentions of attending this one, but it isn’t just this speech that she’s missed.
Ginsburg hasn’t made many public appearances since her December surgery and has reportedly been working from home, leading many to speculate that the justice’s health is quietly declining.
But that speculation has received quite a bit of pushback, and it was recently reported that Ginsburg had quietly made an appearance at a special concert held in her honor.
The event, held Monday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, was titled “Notorious RBG in Song,” and was put on by Ginsburg’s daughter-in-law, singer Patrice Michaels.
Ginsburg’s son, James, was also in attendance. He told reporters that his mother is doing fine and meeting with her personal trainer at least twice per week, walking upwards of a mile each day.
However, there were no pictures of video clips to emerge from that public appearance, and the reporter for The Washington Post who initially broke the story has since deleted his tweet and locked his Twitter account from the general public — which only served to fuel the skepticism regarding Ginsburg’s whereabouts.
All we can do now is pray for her good health.