This justice attended Obama’s speeches but skipped Trump’s

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg skipped President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, a turnabout from the Obama years when she attended (and sometimes nodded off).

Five justices attended the speech: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The Washington Post, the Huffington Post and Bloomberg News have stories.

Absent, along with Ginsburg, were Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr., who stopped attending the speeches when Barack Obama was president.

Ginsburg criticized Trump as “a faker” with “an ego” during his campaign for president but later apologized for her remarks.

Some tweets focused on cutaways that showed the justices watching the event, including a glum-looking Justice Kagan.




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