Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Takes Veiled Jab at POTUS
There used to be a long standing tradition of U.S. Supreme Court Justices avoiding commenting on politics. Ginsburg has been the most outspoken Justice in recent memory, having taken shots at then candidate Donald Trump.
Ginsburg complained about how polarized politics are today (a trend which rapidly accelerated under former President Obama), while hinting that political power changes hands eventually.
Washington Examiner reports:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she is optimistic about the future of the U.S. over the long term.
Speaking after a viewing of “The Originalist,” a play about late Justice Antonin Scalia, Ginsburg reportedly told a Washington crowd that she hopes politics can become less polarized in her lifetime.
When the pendulum of U.S. politics swings too far in one direction, Ginsburg said, according to the Wall Street Journal, “you can look forward to it moving back.” Ginsburg reportedly made no mention of President Trump after the viewing of “The Originalist,” but said she shared a favorable outlook for the future of the nation “over the long haul.”
While Ginsburg didn’t specifically reference President Trump, she most certainly does not agree with him. Ginsburg once “joked” it would be time to move to New Zealand if Trump won the election.
The Hill reported:
In an interview with The New York Times published Sunday, the Supreme Court justice said her husband, who died in 2010, would have said, “‘Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand.’”
“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.”
Ginsburg, 83, said she will not leave her job “as long as I can do it full steam.”
Trump struck back against Ginsburg, saying “her mind is shot” and she should reign. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed up the then presumed Republican presidential nominee.
Fox News write:
“Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me,” Trump wrote on his Twitter account. “Her mind is shot — resign.”
Trump has been on the defensive after Ginsburg told the Associated Press last week that she felt he was unqualified for the position. She said in an interview that she didn’t want to think about the possibility that Trump would be president and predicted that Democrat Hillary Clinton would win.
Ginsburg also joked that she would move to New Zealand if Trump were elected.
Trump told the New York Times earlier Tuesday that her comments were “highly inappropriate” and a “disgrace to the court.”
“It’s highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign, frankly … I think she should apologize to the court. I would hope that she would get off the court as soon as possible,” he added.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that it was “totally inappropriate” for Ginsburg to criticize Trump.