Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she regrets remarks she made to CNN and other news outlets criticizing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump.
“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,” she said in a statement.
More at CNN.
Presumptive Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is not having Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s opinions on his candidacy.
Speaking to the New York Times this past Sunday, Ginsberg shared, “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.”
She went on to joke that she might have to move to New Zealand were Trump to ascend to the presidency.
Trump responded in classic fashion calling not only for an apology, but her resignation from the high court.
“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.,” said Trump.
Calling the comments “highly inappropriate,” The Donald boasted the comments only energize his base.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg doubled down on her criticism of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in an interview with CNN.
The 22 year SCOTUS veteran didn’t hold back as she referred to the Trumpster as “a faker.”
From Huffington Post:
“He has no consistency about him,” Ginsburg said during a talk with veteran Supreme Court reporter Joan Biskupic. “He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego.”
Trump himself jumped into the controversy on Tuesday, calling Ginsburg’s remarks in the thick of a presidential election “highly inappropriate” for a sitting Supreme Court justice.
“I think it’s a disgrace to the court and I think she should apologize to the court, Trump said, according to The New York Times. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.”
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the 2nd Amendment:
“The Second Amendment has a preamble about the need for a militia … Historically, the new government had no money to pay for an army, so they relied on the state militias,” she said. “The states required men to have certain weapons and they specified in the law what weapons these people had to keep in their home so that when they were called to do service as militiamen, they would have them. That was the entire purpose of the Second Amendment.”
Ginsburg said the disappearance of that purpose eliminates the function of the Second Amendment.
“It’s function is to enable the young nation to have people who will fight for it to have weapons that those soldiers will own,” she said. “I view the Second Amendment as rooted in the time totally allied to the need to support a militia. So … the Second Amendment is outdated in the sense that its function has become obsolete.”
This weekend Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg officiated her third same-sex marriage.
Attendees were left wondering if she coyly tipped SCOTUS’ hand on which way the court will rule on marriage equality as she pronounced the two grooms married.
From the New York Times:
Wearing her black robe with her signature white lace collar, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided over the marriage on Sunday afternoon of Michael Kahn, the longtime artistic director of the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, and Charles Mitchem, who works at an architecture firm in New York.
The gilded setting was elegant: Anderson House in the Embassy Row neighborhood, the headquarters in Washington of the Society of the Cincinnati, a club for the descendants of the French and American soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. During the ceremony, the couple slipped black and gold Harry Winston rings onto each other’s fingers.
But the most glittering moment for the crowd came during the ceremony. With a sly look and special emphasis on the word “Constitution,” Justice Ginsburg said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States. No one was sure if she was emphasizing her own beliefs or giving a hint to the outcome of the case the Supreme Court is considering whether to decide if same-sex marriage is constitutional. But the guests began applauding loudly, delighted either way.
The subject of marriage equality returned to Saturday Night Live last night when Fake Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsberg made an appearance on Weekend Update to deliver some “Ginsburns” zingers.
“The arguments I heard were so weak, I just hope they’re not holding up Justice Scalia’s chair,” zinged Ginsburg.”
From Saturday Night Live:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Kate McKinnon) takes shots at Justice Antonin Scalia and the state of Kentucky while discussing the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on marriage equality.
Justice Scalia, the longest-serving member currently on the Supreme Court, praises fellow SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg for TIME’s 100:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had two distinguished legal careers, either one of which would alone entitle her to be one of TIME’s 100. When she was a law professor at Rutgers and later Columbia, she became the leading (and very successful) litigator on behalf of women’s rights—the Thurgood Marshall of that cause, so to speak. President Carter appointed her to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980, and President Clinton to a seat on the Supreme Court in 1993.
Having had the good fortune to serve beside her on both courts, I can attest that her opinions are always thoroughly considered, always carefully crafted and almost always correct (which is to say we sometimes disagree). That much is apparent for all to see.
What only her colleagues know is that her suggestions improve the opinions the rest of us write, and that she is a source of collegiality and good judgment in all our work.
Last night, Rachel Maddow featured a one-on-one interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, currently the oldest serving justice on SCOTUS.
In the interview, the judicial firebrand addresses questions about when she might step down, and what she considers “unfinished business” in gender equality.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia took umbrage at the idea that he would somehow be seen as “anti-gay” during a joint appearance with Ruth Bader Ginsberg last night at George Washington University.
Via Washington Blade:
“The issue of gay rights, on abortion, on many of the issues in which Ruth’s opinions and mine differ does not pertain to the substance,” he said. “It doesn’t pertain to whether gay people ought to have those rights or whether there ought to be a constitutional right or a right to an abortion,” he said.
“That isn’t the issue. The issue is who decides,” Scalia told the gathering. “That’s all. I don’t have any public views on any of those things. The point is who decides? Should these decisions be made by the Supreme Court without any text in the Constitution or any history in the Constitution to support imposing on the whole country or is it a matter left to the people?” he asked.
“But don’t paint me as anti-gay or anti-abortion or anything else,” he added. “All I’m doing on the Supreme Court is opining about who should decide.”
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg added, “It isn’t the Supreme Court that is deciding for the whole society like an imperial ruler. There hasn’t been any major change in which there wasn’t a groundswell among the people before the Supreme Court put its stamp of approval on the inclusion in the equality concept of people who were once left out,” she said.
While Scalia may not like the label “anti-gay,” in 2013, he referred to gays as an “invented minority” in regard to recent rulings on same-sex marriage.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke with Bloomberg’s Greg Stohr and Matthew Winkler this week on the sweeping changes in attitudes towards gays in the US.
“The change in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous,” Ginsburg said. “In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor — we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognized that they are one of us.”