Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said on Monday that eliminating the Electoral College was likely more “theoretical than real” due to how difficult it is to amend the Constitution.
“It’s largely a dream because our Constitution is … hard to amend,” Ginsburg said at the University of Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “I know that from experience.”
Ginsburg, who is one of the court’s most liberal justices, has said in the past that she would support the elimination of the Electoral College but is likely stifling the dreams of many liberals today in saying that she finds it unlikely to come to fruition.
“There are some things I would like to change, one is the Electoral College,” Ginsburg said in 2017, according to The Hill. “But that would require a constitutional amendment, and amending our Constitution is powerfully hard to do.”
Her comments came just days after she set the record straight saying that she is feeling “very good” after the news broke of her most recent cancer treatment for a malignant tumor on her pancreas broke in late August.
According to a report in The Hill, Ginsburg was answering a question from NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg about keeping her scheduled appearance at the event in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Clinton Foundation event.
“I had promised the Clinton Library that I would be here, and I was just not going to — and I am pleased to say that I am feeling very good tonight,” she said, which solicited a standing ovation from the crowd.
Ginsburg added that her work has helped to distract her from her growing health issues:
“I think my work is what saved me because instead of dwelling on my physical discomforts, if I have an opinion to write or I have a brief to read I know I’ve just got to get it done, and so I have to get over it,” she said Tuesday.
The Supreme Court is slated to begin its upcoming term on the first Monday of October, but it’s common for the justices to begin work in September.
According to NPR, the eldest Supreme Court justice was interviewed by one of their journalists, and joked about some of her haters who thought she was on her way out:
“There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months,” Ginsburg said according to NPR. “That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now himself dead, and I,” she added with a smile, “am very much alive.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.