There are perks when you’re the “Notorious RBG.”
Despite being in the high-risk category if the 87-year old were to contract the coronavirus, Justice Ginsburg is still heading out to the Supreme Court health facility to work out regularly while being supervised by her personal trainer.
This is happening while many Americans are told to “shelter at home” and public gyms around the country are being closed due to the easy transmission of coronavirus through contact with shared equipment.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been enjoying exclusive access to a private workout space at the court during the coronavirus pandemic, as her doctors have deemed her training sessions “essential to her well-being.”
The court said Wednesday that, at the 87-year-old justice’s request, it set aside “limited private space” by its health facility for her to use for her famous exercise regimen. In a statement, the court said “[t]he space is being used exclusively by the justice. No other justices are using the space, and the employee gym is closed to all users.”
The statement comes after Law360 reported Tuesday that Justice Ginsburg had still been holding her in-person workout sessions with longtime personal trainer Bryant Johnson during the coronavirus crisis, at a time when the Supreme Court has been closed to the public and oral arguments indefinitely postponed.
It’s good to be one of the ruling elites.
Justice Ginsburg’s personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, says that precautions are being taken to prevent the 4-time cancer survivor from contracting the coronavirus–he has canceled his work with any other clients, and they are careful to wipe down equipment, wash their hands, and maintain an appropriate social distance.
“Everybody’s been shut down. The only reason why I didn’t shut the justice down is because, hey, she ain’t having it,” said Johnson, who spent over 30 years in the U.S. Army and now works in D.C.’s federal district court. “She has that grandfather status to me and if she wants to train, that’s the least that I can do.”
Justice Ginsburg has survived health scares in recent years which have been a huge concern for progressives who fear that she could be replaced by a Trump appointee. Her latest health issue was a tumor on her pancreas that was treated with radiation in 2019. She has also had surgery to remove cancer from her lung in 2018, battled both pancreatic and colorectal cancer in 2009 and 1999 respectively.
The Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times tweeted that Justice Ginsburg requested that an area be set aside for her to exercise and that no one else is using the space.
"The space is being used exclusively by the Justice. No other Justices are using the space, and the employee gym is closed to all users.” 2/2
— Adam Liptak (@adamliptak) April 1, 2020
What makes Justice Ginsburg so special that she can flout the “shelter in place” order and go and work out in a public gym? Is it simply because her doctors have said that she should continue to exercise? She doesn’t need to go to the SCOTUS gym to do it. Other Americans are having to adapt and make do with what they have on-hand or order what they need online.
This is arguably worse than Bill de Blasio heading over to the YMCA for “one last workout” before the lockdown order was in effect. After all, de Blasio wasn’t even remotely in the same category of risk as the “Notorious RBG.”