Gins­burg breaks ribs; Ka­vanaugh gets in­vesti­ture


Supreme Court Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg was hos­pi­tal­ized Thurs­day af­ter break­ing three ribs, caus­ing her to miss her new­est high court col­league’s in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony.

Jus­tice Brett M. Ka­vanaugh was sworn in last month, but his in­vesti­ture, which is con­sid­ered a for­mal wel­come to the Supreme Court, was held Thurs­day with a re­cep­tion af­ter­ward for his col­leagues, fam­ily and friends.

Pres­i­dent Trump and first lady Me­la­nia Trump at­tended the event.

But be­fore the for­mal cer­e­mony be­gan, the Supreme Court an­nounced the court’s old­est jus­tice had fallen the night be­fore at the court and ex­pe­ri­enced dis­com­fort, so she was taken to the hos­pi­tal the fol­low­ing day.

The news spurred fem­i­nists to take to so­cial me­dia to of­fer their own body parts — ribs and or­gans — in sup­port of Jus­tice Gins­burg, who is 85.

Con­ser­va­tives, mean­while, held off on talk­ing pol­i­tics re­gard­ing Jus­tice Gins­burg’s seat if she were to re­tire and in­stead wished her a quick re­cov­ery.

White House coun­selor Kellyanne Con­way said Thurs­day that she is pray­ing for Jus­tice Gins­burg, call­ing her “a very tough woman.”

“I’ve known her for many, many years — got to see her just a few weeks ago here at the swear­ing-in of Jus­tice Ka­vanaugh,” Ms. Con­way told re­porters. “I hope she has a full and speedy re­cov­ery.”

Jus­tice Gins­burg has served on the court for more than two decades af­ter be­ing ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Clin­ton in 1993. The lib­eral icon broke her ribs in 2012 and has sur­vived two bouts with can­cer, ac­cord­ing to The As­so­ci­ated Press.

No­table guests at Jus­tice Ka­vanaugh’s event in­cluded re­tired Jus­tice An­thony M. Kennedy, whom Jus­tice Ka­vanaugh re­placed, for­mer White House coun­sel Don­ald F. McGahn, who was in­stru­men­tal in vet­ting and guid­ing his nom­i­na­tion, Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham, and Jus­tice Ka­vanaugh’s for­mer col­league on the D.C. Cir­cuit Court, Judge Mer­rick Gar­land, who was nom­i­nated to the high court by Pres­i­dent Obama.

Act­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Matthew G. Whi­taker, whore­placed for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­er­alJ­eff Ses­sions af­ter Mr. Trump fired him Wed­nes­day, also at­tended.

The chief jus­tice usu­ally walks the new­comer down the­court’siconic stairs, but that part of the­cer­e­mony­was elim­i­nated be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns.

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