An 83-year-old U.S. Supreme Court Justice shocked the American political establishment with her recent remarks which many watchers and pundits termed unethical conduct . . .
On Monday she called the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and billionaire business mogul, Donald Trump, “a faker” who “says whatever comes into his head at the moment.”
U.S. Associate Justice Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg told The New York Times in an interview published last weekend that she “can’t imagine” what the United States under Donald Trump as President of the United States would be like. Retracting later from her uncouth vituperation, Justice Ginsburg issued a statement Thursday saying she was sorry.
“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,” Ginsburg said.
“Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect,” she added.
In response to the criticism, Trump suggested the judge was getting senile and should step down.
“Justice Ginsburg of the US Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!” Trump tweeted.
Ginsburg drew widespread ire from Republicans for breaking with a code of conduct under which US judges are not supposed to publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for office.
The Washington Post and The New York Times both ran editorials saying she had erred in publicly criticizing Donald Trump.
Short BIO: Justice Ruth Ginsburg
Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg (born March 15, 1933) was nominated by ex-U.S. President Jimmy Carter as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (June 30, 1980 – August 10, 1993).
She is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She is the second female justice (after Sandra Day O’Connor) and one of three female justices currently serving on the U.S. Supreme Court (along with Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan)