Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is no fan of Trump. She has launched criticisms of him in interviews with three news organizations.She told CNN Wednesday:
He is a faker. He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that.
And earlier this week, Ginsburg told The New York Times:
I can’t imagine what this place would be—I can’t imagine what the country would be—with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.
She even mused to the newspaper that “it’s time for us to move to New Zealand” if Trump were elected.
Last week, Ginsburg told The Associated Press, in another interview, that she didn’t “want to think about … [the] possibility,” of a Trump presidency, “but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs.”
Trump’s initial response also came to the Times:
I think it’s highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign, frankly. I think it’s a disgrace to the court and I think she should apologize to the court. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.
Yup. While I don’t think it is a “disgrace to the court”, nor is an apology necessary, it IS highly inappropriate. It just isn’t done. We all know that Supreme Court justices have political opinions — they are people, after all — but it damages the appearance of impartiality of the Court when they weigh in.
Ginsburg certainly knows this. So why would she do it?
I think I know.
She’s not planning on staying with the Court. She probably was going to resign at the end of the last term, but seeing as how the Senate was balking at filling the late Scalia’s seat, she probably didn’t want to make the Supreme Court have two vacancies during the election year (which would probably cause some people doubtful about Trump to vote for him anyway on that one issue alone).
So she’s speaking out. Big deal, she’s thinking. I’m getting out as soon as Hillary is elected.
That’s my theory.
And yes, while I agree with Trump (and the New York Times) that Ginsburg is doing something inappropriate, Trump is, as usual, taking it too far:
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
Oh God. His complaint isn’t that she made a political statement, but that it was a DUMB one ABOUT HIM. And then to question her mind? Oy. And so, Trump, who has a valid point for once, squanders it away by acting like a giant baby.