Justice Ginsburg's Criticism Of Trump Crossed The Line, Legal Experts Say
Jul 15 2016
In a statement released by the court's public information office, she said: "Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office".
As a brilliant, bold, trailblazing jurist, Bader Ginsburg is someone I've long admired, so it is hard to criticize her for speaking her mind, as she has encouraged so many women to do over the years.
Ginsburg drew widespread ire from Republicans for breaking with a code of conduct under which USA judges are not supposed to publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for office. "His campaign has said that it will unveil a running mate for Mr. Trump in NY on Friday".
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives to watch U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2015.
Ginsburg's remarks were received with instant and widespread criticism, including from The New York Times'editorial board, high-profile legal experts like Jeffrey Toobin and, of course, Trump himself.
On the Wednesday edition of MSNBC's The Last Word, host Lawrence O'Donnell offered an baffling and exhaustive defense of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's outburst against Donald Trump by pointing to the first Chief Justice's gubernatorial election record and opining that if Ginsburg is forced to recuse herself from any election-related cases, Catholics should recuse themselves from any abortion case. "I think it's a disgrace to the court, and I think she should apologize to the court. I couldn't believe it when I saw it". Larry is our main news editor. The vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's February 13 death remains unfilled, and Ginsburg will be one of three justices 78 or older on Election Day.
Legal ethics scholars also questioned Ginsburg's actions, saying Supreme Court justices should stay out the political fray in order to maintain their judicial integrity. They are not disappointed with her at all.
Trump quickly fired back at Ginsburg, who was appointed to the high court in 1993 by his opponent's husband, former President Bill Clinton. That case, though, was quite unique in American history and the odds that it's going to repeat itself are fairly low. "The press seems to be very gentle with him on that".
Her earlier remarks prompted criticism from Trump, who said she should resign.
That's good to hear, but it doesn't end the matter. Absent a health crisis, though, one suspects that Ginsburg will do everything she can to make sure Donald Trump does not pick her replacement.