Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) has issued a statement apologizing for his public pronouncement at a local GOP dinner in Kentucky, that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be dead in nine months:
“I apologize if my comments offended Justice Ginsburg,” said Bunning. “That certainly was not my intent. It is great to see her back at the Supreme Court today and I hope she recovers quickly. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.”
The Louisville Courier-Journal reported over the weekend that Bunning had told the Hardin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner that he supports the appointment of conservative judges — an issue that will be even more important because of Ginsburg’s cancer. “Even though she was operated on, usually, nine months is the longest that anybody would live after (being diagnosed) with pancreatic cancer,” Bunning said.
Late Update: Here’s the audio from Saturday night, courtesy of the Courier-Journal: