Yesterday I wrote about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments regarding a possible Donald Trump presidency, and how this type of announcement from justice’s is highly unorthodox. Typically they prefer to stay neutral on politics, which makes sense since their job is to uphold the law and the Constitution of the United States. Well, apparently Ruth Bader Ginsburg was just so passionate about the political tone of this election, she couldn’t help let her liberal bias shine through.
That’s why when Ruth suggested that if Donald Trump gets elected, “It’s time to move to New Zealand,” it was so surprising to the media.
Donald Trump was quick to make his usual blunt, fiery response, which largely describes how many Trump supporters feel about Ruth’s statement yesterday.
Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2016
Maybe just needed a nap and was getting cranky during that interview…
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump demanded that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg resign on Wednesday morning, after she criticized him in harsh terms several times over the past several days.
Ginsburg told the Times on Sunday: “I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.” She told the Associated Press last week: “I don’t want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs.” And she told a CNN reporter on Tuesday that Trump is a “faker.”
There is no legal requirement that Supreme Court justices refrain from commenting on a presidential campaign. But Justice Ginsburg’s comments show why their tradition has been to keep silent.
And just imagine if this were 2000 and the resolution of the election depended on a Supreme Court decision. Could anyone now argue with a straight face that Justice Ginsburg’s only guide would be the law?
Mr. Trump’s hands, of course, are far from clean on the matter of judicial independence. It was just weeks ago that he was lambasting Gonzalo Curiel, the United States District Court judge overseeing a case against Trump University, saying that as a “Mexican,” the Indiana-born judge could not be impartial.
All of which makes it only more baffling that Justice Ginsburg would choose to descend toward his level and call her own commitment to impartiality into question. Washington is more than partisan enough without the spectacle of a Supreme Court justice flinging herself into the mosh pit.
The Times editorial was published before Trump’s harsh response Wednesday morning.