Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should shut the hell up and do her job, which is to adjudicate cases — not slam Republican candidate Donald Trump while the presidential race is still underway.
In bizarre senile rants in separate interviews with the Associated Press, The New York Times and CNN, Justice Ginsburg slammed Trump, calling him an egotistical blowhard.
“He is a faker,” Ginsburg told CNN (see video). “He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego.”
Ginsburg, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, suggested she would move to New Zealand if Trump got elected (Bye Felicia! ? ?)
“I can’t imagine what the country would be with Donald Trump as our president,” said Ruth. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
In response, Donald Trump clapped back at the 83-year-old judge on Twitter, suggesting she’s senile and should resign. “Her mind is shot — resign!” he tweeted.
“I think it’s highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign,” Trump told The Times. “I think it’s a disgrace to the court.”
While freedom of speech is one of America’s most cherished ideals, as an appointed — not elected — public servant, it’s totally inappropriate for Ginsburg to inject her personal opinions into the political realm outside the court.
First, no one votes for a presidential candidate based on what a Supreme Court judge says. More importantly, as a federal judge, Ginsburg is bound to a code of judicial ethics aimed at preventing the appearance of partisan partiality.
With her statements, Ginsburg blatantly violated the Code of Conduct for federal judges, which states a “judge should not publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for public office.”
Supreme Court justices are not strictly bound by the code, but they are viewed as role models by the rest of the judiciary, and should act accordingly.
Ginsburg has been condemned by both liberals and conservatives for being out of line and unprofessional, including by the editorial boards of the Washington Post (which is anti-Trump) and the liberal, pro-Hillary Clinton New York Times.
Jeffrey Toobin, a liberal political pundit and CNN legal analyst, said Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s naked display of political bias is setting a dangerous precedent for Supreme Court justices and for all federal judges.
“[Judges] are expected to refrain from telling us their opinions, in part because they are expected to be above such considerations, but also because they rule on cases that have a strong political content,” Toobin, a Harvard-educated attorney, wrote on CNN. “And all presidents have lots of business before the Supreme Court.”
Toobin, author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, added: “Imagine if all nine justices announced their presidential preferences in the advance of each election. Imagine further that they took sides in primary battles, too. Ginsburg’s statements have set a precedent that the court as an institution will want to avoid.”
Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, agreed: “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.”
Update: On July 14, a regretful Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized for her inappropriate remarks in a statement:
“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.”