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Donald Trump has demanded an apology from Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after her unprecedented derogatory comments were published by CNN yesterday.
Ginsburg called Mr. Trump “a faker” who has “an ego” who has been treated too gently by the press.
On Friday in an interview with the New York Times, Justice Ginsburg, aged 83, said that she couldn’t imagine the impact a Trump presidency would have:
“For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be – I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
Ginsburg was nominated to the highest court in the land by President Bill Clinton in 1993 – 23 years ago. She is known as the most leftist judge on the Supreme court.
Donald Trump commented that criticism of a presidential candidate in an election season by a member of the Supreme Court is unprecedented.
“I think it’s highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign. 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.”
Richard W. Painter, a professor of law at the Univ. of Minnesota said in this morning’s New York Times that Ginsburg’s criticism could undermine the moral authority of the Supreme Court.
“It is really unwise of her to do this. This is not a good situation, and I think that she would have been well advised not to have made any of those comments.”
Prof. Painter said that her comments could lead to calls for to step aside in future decisions coming before the court where a conflict of interest may be claimed.
Yesterday on Legal Ethics Forum, a website devoted to ethical issues among attorneys, Steven Lubet, a legal scholar, suggested that the Supreme Court should immediately adopt a code of conduct prohibiting political commentary as a result of the Ginsburg dustup.
“Even if it were unenforceable, a code would at least formalize public expectations for the justices’ conduct,” wrote Lebet.
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