Ginsburg: Trump criticism a mistake

by Abel Hampton July 15, 2016, 22:51

By her own admission, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn't a fan of a Donald Trump presidency.

The federal code of judicial conduct for USA judges, says the Chicago Tribune, states that a "judge should not... publicly endorse a candidate for public office". "In the future I will be more circumspect", she added.

"He is a faker", she said of Trump to CNN. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. How he has gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? Justice Stephen Breyer was questioned about Ginsburg comments, and he said that he would not express an opinion if he had it, referring to the current political scenario. While she commented on Trump's campaign to The Associated Press and The New York Times, she saved her most scathing remarks for a CNN interview. He told the New York Times what she's said about him is a disgrace to the Supreme Court.

But after being roundly criticized for a remarkable series of interviews in which she mocked Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Ginsburg on Thursday did something highly unusual for a member of the nation's highest court: She admitted making a mistake.

Ginsburg detests Trump. She wants to kill super PACs. I wonder why she abandoned such thoughtfulness in her tirades about Trump.

Congressional leaders were quick to blast Ginsburg's comment as inappropriate.

However objectionable Trump may be, having a justice discuss national candidates does not serve the Supreme Court or the country well.

"Her mind is shot - resign!" he tweeted Tuesday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, on Thursday called Ginsburg's original comments "beyond the pale and not called for". It is not just that Ginsburg opposes Trump; it is that she opposes everything he stands for and that she believes her position on the Supreme Court is her personal property to be used to further that opposition. Ginsburg was appointed to the high court in 1993 by his opponent's husband, former President Bill Clinton.

RBG isn't the first to let her doubts about Trump bleed out into newsfeeds, but this is different from the typical political figure because as a SCOTUS justice, she is, by definition, supposed to avoid being political. She has drawn a cult-like following among young people who have nicknamed her The Notorious R.B.G., a play on American rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

Since the Earl Warren era, the Supreme Court has usurped the legislative power and imposed social policies, and Congress, which has the power under Article III to shackle the Ruth Bader Ginsburgs and restrict the court's jurisdiction, has lacked the courage to do so.


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