Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes back what she said about Trump
‘On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,’ – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Voice of America reports:
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was engaged in an unprecedented war of words with Donald Trump, said Thursday her critical comments about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee were “ill-advised.”
“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,” she said in a statement. “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.”
U.S. Supreme Court justices almost never voice their opinions about U.S. political campaigns, adhering to long-standing legal ethical standards against such commentary and because they could be called on to help decide an election, as occurred in 2000.
But Ginsburg, in several interviews with news outlets this week disparaged Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul who surged past a large field of Republican presidential contenders and is expected to claim the party’s nomination at its national convention next week.
Here are some of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments about Donald Trump
“I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
“He is a faker. He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment.”
She added, “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.”
The unabashed Trump continued to denounce her Wednesday, saying on his Twitter account, “Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot — resign!”