Despite his ideological disagreements with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose votes on the high court always seem to match with Democrat interests, President Donald Trump nevertheless wished the 85-year-old justice a speedy recovery Friday.
“Wishing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a full and speedy recovery!” he tweeted shortly after word broke that Ginsburg had undergone surgery for lung cancer earlier in the day.
Wishing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a full and speedy recovery!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2018
According to a statement published by the high court, Ginsburg specifically underwent “a pulmonary lobectomy” to remove “[t]wo nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung” that had been discovered when the justice was hospitalized last month for fractured ribs.
“[B]oth nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation,” the statement reads. “Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.”
Long story short, she’ll be OK.
While the announcement that she’d underwent surgery for cancer triggered widespread shock and panic among the left, the president’s response to her ordeal provoked some surprise as well.
Folks on both the right and left were surprised by Trump’s kind words for Ginsburg in part because she had been among the judges who’d voted against his asylum request.
Last month the Trump administration instituted a policy that barred migrants who illegally cross into the United States from seeking asylum.
DOJ and DHS Issue New Asylum Rule https://t.co/z9DYXaDpSm
— Deplorable Mark (@mark_selby723) December 19, 2018
“Our asylum system is overwhelmed with too many meritless asylum claims from aliens who place a tremendous burden on our resources, preventing us from being able to expeditiously grant asylum to those who truly deserve it,” Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced at the time.
“Today, we are using the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate a Presidential suspension of entry or other restriction from asylum eligibility.”
The administration’s argument had been that only the requests of migrants who legally and properly seek asylum at valid ports of entry should be recognized.
Several weeks later a federal judge appointed by former President Barack Obama issued a temporary restraining order against the policy. Earlier this month the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then upheld the judge’s decision, setting the stage for the high court to intervene.
Except the high court ultimately ruled against the Trump administration thanks to votes by Justices Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Steven Breyer and John Roberts.
“Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg voted against President Donald Trump’s proposed immigrant asylum restrictions from the hospital where she had cancer surgery Friday, according to media reports,” The Huffington Post noted.
Yet despite Ginsburg’s vote against Trump’s desired policy, he still wished her well. This act of kindness earned him some praise on social media.
Even though Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the most disgraceful & disrespectful things about our great President, Trump still has the class to give her well wishes. When they go low we go high!!!
— Patriot One (@PatriotOne6) December 22, 2018
POTUS is a class act for wishing Ruth Bader Ginsburg a full and speedy recovery! In this toxic political climate it was refreshing!
— Richard Parker (@Richard36976690) December 22, 2018
Good and classy move.
— Nate (on the) Stone (@nes_nathan) December 22, 2018
Our President is so good, he wishes a person like Ginsburg speedy recovery , I hope Dems(LEFTISTS) learn some thing from him.
— Colored women for Trump (@Fabi88033162) December 22, 2018
You are a Kind and thoughtful man. I know how it is difficult to wish her well when she is one that stands in the way of our Nation’s Survival. THAT is why you are POTUS ! THANK you for listening and STANDING YOUR GROUND, WE HAVE YOUR BACK! #MAGA2020
— Anthony Fezio (@afezio1952) December 22, 2018
Sad to hear. Never want sickness to fall upon anyone. You are a kind, godly man
— cindy rasmussen (@cindyrazz) December 22, 2018
Others also noted the stark contrast between the president’s behavior and that of former President Barack Hussein Obama, a Democrat with no love for his ideological opponents.
Following the unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in early 2016, Obama skipped the justice’s funeral and reportedly spent less than two minutes at his wake. Instead, the president huddled in the White House with a binder full of potential Scalia replacements:
WH calls photo op as Pres Obama leaves Oval Office carrying huge binder of materials on possible SCOTUS nominees. pic.twitter.com/kIUw1stZGv
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 19, 2016
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