Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t retiring anytime soon, she assured supporters on Sunday.
Ginsburg was in New York for a speaking appearance following a performance of “The Originalist,” a play about the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
“I’m now 85,” Ginsburg said, according to CNN. “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years.”
She also spoke about her husband of 56 years, the late Martin D. Ginsburg, a Georgetown University tax law professor.
“My dear spouse used to say the true symbol of the U.S. is not a bald eagle,” Ginsburg said, according to the Guardian. “It is the pendulum.”
Sunday’s event in New York was among the many regular public appearances made by the outspoken Supreme Court justice, who remains active. Ginsburg’s statements assured her supporters: She’s healthy and ready to rule on cases.
Ginsburg’s supporters have been obsessing over her health since the beginning of the Trump administration.
In January, the feminist Jewish blog Lilith published “A Prayer for RBG’s Long Life”: “May you go from strength to strength because you have been ours. May you live many more years because you make the world brighter, fairer, kinder. … Because we need you.”
After Trump nominated Neil M. Gorsuch for the highest court last year, legions of fans fretted over the octogenarian’s fiber intake and exposure to viruses. They suggested she eat more kale. They offered her O-negative blood.
Last month when Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced he would be retiring, concerned Democrats offered to send her vitamins and medicine.
But the justice’s remarks on Thursday gave her fans a vote of confidence: