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Ginsburg won’t attend State of the Union address

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WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not attend President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday.

The justice will be in Rhode Island for a late-morning “fireside chat” at Roger Williams University’s law school before speaking at a temple in Providence.

The chat is only open to student and faculty and the synagogue talk is a ticketed event for its members only. The first event is open to the press but the second is not.

A court spokesman declined immediate comment Monday morning.

The 84-year-old justice attended all of former President Barack Obama’s annual speeches. Historically, it is not unusual for some justices to skip the address.

Late Justice Antonin Scalia, who, before he died in 2016, had not attended a State of the Union in nearly 20 years, once derided the televised event to “cheerleading sessions.”

Along with Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, Ginsburg also did not attend Trump’s first congressional address in February.

Ginsburg and Trump have clashed publicly in the past.

The justice called Trump a “faker” in a July 2016 interview, leading Trump to later counterpunch on Twitter, saying she “has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me” and that “her mind is shot.”

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