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'Won't be Replaced Until New President is Installed': Ruth Bader Ginsburg Had Hoped to Outlast Trump

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg smiles  during a reception where she was presented with an honorary doctoral degree at the University of Buffalo School of Law in Buffalo, New York, U.S., August 26, 2019.  REUTERS/Lindsay DeDario - RC1A5ECEAC20

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg smiles during a reception where she was presented with an honorary doctoral degree at the University of Buffalo School of Law in Buffalo, New York, U.S., August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsay DeDario - RC1A5ECEAC20

A progressive icon, Ginsburg- affectionately known as the Notorious RBG -- was a staunch opponent of President Donald Trump.

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87, told her granddaughter she didn't want to be replaced until "a new president is installed," US media reported.

A few days before her death, Ginsburg dictated the statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," according to NPR.

A progressive icon, Ginsburg -- affectionately known as the Notorious RBG -- was a staunch opponent of President Donald Trump.

She was outspoken in her condemnations of the president, a man she criticized for his "ego" and whose impact on the court she said she did not "even want to contemplate."

Her death less than two months before a high-stakes presidential election will likely see Trump move quickly to name her successor, in an effort to stack the court with conservative justices and make good on one of his campaign trail promises -- dismantling Roe v. Wade, which protects women's right to an abortion.

first published:September 19, 2020, 07:22 IST