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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Justice Ruth Ginsburg Shades Donald Trump



aksu360 posits that unless they have a book to sell, Supreme Court justices rarely give interviews. Even then, they diligently avoid political topics. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg yesterday took a different approach.

“I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” she said. 

“For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”

It reminded her of something her husband, Martin D. Ginsburg, a prominent tax lawyer who died in 2010, would have said. “‘Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand,’” Justice Ginsburg said, smiling ruefully. In an interview in her chambers on Friday, Justice Ginsburg took stock of a tumultuous term and chastised the Senate for refusing to act on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee among other issues.

In his response, Donald Trump called on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg to resign early Wednesday morning, joining an outpouring of criticism that is giving a divided Republican Party a fresh common target.

"Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot - resign!" Trump tweeted. But other top Republicans who have never shied away from criticizing liberal Supreme Court rulings aren't going as far as to say Ginsburg should quit.

"I'm not prepared to say that," Texas Sen. John Cornyn, Senate majority whip said. "I think she should reconsider and change her course of conduct because I think she's got into an area that is out of her control.. And that I think will reflect poorly not only on her but on the objectivity that we request and demand out of our federal judiciary."

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