Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said today, in a statement released by the Supreme Court information office, that she should not have commented on presumptive Republican presidential nominee. She said that she regrets her remarks.
Ginsburg (83) said in her missive, “On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them. Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect."
Justice Ginsburg derided Trump in several interviews over the last week, earning plaudits from progressives. On July 12, she called Trump “a faker” and a man who “really has an ego.” Moreover, she claimed that Trump had been treated far too gently by the media. According to the justice, who is well known for her liberal stances in various Supreme Court rulings, said that Trump “says whatever comes into his head at the moment” and reveals no consistency of thought. Also, she criticized Trump in interviews with The New York Times and The Associated Press. She was widely criticized in newspaper editorials and by experts in legal ethics. Among her Republican critics was House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Reacting to her remarks, Trump said on July 12, “I think it’s highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign, frankly.” Speaking in an interview with the New York Times, he added, “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.” Trump questioned her mental capacity and called for her resignation.
Trump told The Herman Cain Show today that Justice Ginsburg’s statement was not a true apology. "It wasn't really an apology, but we have to move on anyway. It's just something that should not have taken place," Trump said.
"It's just a very disappointing moment for me because the Supreme Court is above that kind of rhetoric, those words. … But she acknowledged she made a mistake and I'll accept that."
Ginsburg had joked this week that she would leave the United States should Trump be elected to the presidency. She said that she not want to "contemplate" what the country would become "with Donald Trump as our president." Her comments drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans.
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