Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Called Out for Calling Trump a “Faker”
On Tuesday Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg offered up her latest criticism of presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, calling him a “faker” in an interview with CNN. Ginsburg added, “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.”
This was the latest in a series of statements Ginsburg has made in the last week about Trump. In an interview on Sunday with The New York Times Ginsburg stated, “I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.”
Democrats and Republicans alike have been commenting on Ginsburg’s statements, finding Ginsburg’s comments out of line, regardless of their party affiliation.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) told Politico, “That’s not the ordinary type of thing Supreme Court justices say, but I can’t fault her accuracy. I hesitate to criticize this. We’ve had judges attend the Koch brothers’ donor fest. By those standards it does not seem out of line, but I do think there’d be more respect for the court if the public felt it was less politicized.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was more concrete: “For someone on the Supreme Court who is going to be calling balls and strikes in the future based upon whatever the next president and Congress does, that strikes me as inherently biased and out of the realm.”
Trump responded to Ginsburg by Tweeting:
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
Ginsburg’s latest comments raise a larger concern for the election in November. If a case like Bush v. Gore came before the court, she could be required to remove herself from it and any other cases involving Trump due to impartiality issues.
According to Arthur Hellman, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh who studies the judiciary, “It would cast doubt on her impartiality in those decisions. If she has expressed herself as opposing the election of Donald Trump, her vote to strike down a Trump policy would be under a cloud.”