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Bill O'Reilly Slammed For Tasteless Tweet About Ruth Bader Ginsburg Following Her Surgery

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is recovering from surgery to remove cancerous growths in her lung.

But not everyone is wishing her a speedy recovery.

Political commentator and former Fox News employee Bill O'Reilly was harshly criticized for his reaction to the news.

O'Reilly tweeted:

"Justice Ginsburg is very ill. Another Justice appointment inevitable and soon. Bad news for the left."

Condemnation rained down almost immediately.

O'Reilly was also criticized by The View host Meghan McCain, who also used to work at Fox News.

McCain posted:

″There's really nothing more gross and ghoulish than people in the media pontificating on a public persons health and the hypothetical political ramifications of their death," she said. "Join me in praying for RBG to have a speedy and healthy recovery – we are Christians, aren't we Bill?"

The cancerous growths in Ginsburg's lungs were discovered when she cracked three ribs in a fall at the court.

The surgery was a success and doctors say there is no sign of remaining disease. The justice, now 85, has been treated for cancer two other times: colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009.

She is still in New York at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. No information has been released on when she might return to Washington DC.

The Supreme Court next meets on January 7. Ginsburg, despite her health problems, has never missed arguments.

Close friends report Ginsburg is already sitting up in a chair and making phone calls.