Trump wants an apology from Ruth Bader Ginsburg after blistering attack

Mike Groll  AP

Now I've got it: Ginsburg's fans are championing her in a way that is typical of a political figure, which she is, but which we're supposed to pretend she isn't. "And I would hope that she would get off the court as soon as possible".

Donald Trump criticized Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Tuesday for voicing her opinion about his candidacy for President. "What I'm anxious about is Trump claiming that she needs to recuse if he were elected president from every single presidential-powers case over the next four years". She made it clear during an interview that she viewed the election of Trump as a disaster and even joked that were her husband still alive, they would seriously contemplate moving to New Zealand.

Ginsburg is widely considered the next justice to go, which makes her comments about who might name her replacement even more surprising to many. While the current justices are far from cloistered monastics-nor should they be-they still avoid commenting on electoral politics or specific candidates.

Paul Butler, a former federal prosecutor and a Georgetown University Law professor, wrote a piece for the New York Times defending the progressive justice for speaking her mind.

Then-Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was criticised by some in 2000 after Newsweek faker/index.html">reported her saying, "This is bad", at an election-night watch party after Florida was prematurely called for Al Gore.

If Ginsburg were a lower court judge, she'd be in big trouble.

The 83-year-old justice's scathing remarks have earned both jeers from some legal experts who consider it inappropriate political commentary by a sitting justice, and applause from what others see as an important dose of candor amid the country's political debate.

Nor do I believe that such restrictions are constitutional or desirable. Since her appointment to the court by Bill Clinton, in 1993, she has been its leading liberal - a fierce defender of women's rights, including abortion rights, and a supporter of affirmative action and the traditional civil rights agenda.

"It raises the level of skepticism that the American people have from time to time about just how objective the Supreme Court is", the Kentucky Republican told reporters on Capitol Hill.

Here's a contentious case no one expected: Trump v. Ginsburg.

And in an interview with CNN posted Tuesday, Ginsburg called him a "faker" and complained about the fact that Trump has not released his tax returns. "I was surprised, especially someone as senior, but that's certainly her prerogative", he said.

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