Justice Ginsburg’s necessary verdict on Trump

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Like so many Americans, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had it with Donald Trump.

“He is a faker,” she says of the egomaniac, self-promoting billionaire who is also the presumptive GOP nominee for President.  “He has no constituency about him.  He says whatever comes into his head at the moment.  He really has an ego.  How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns?  The press seems very gentile with him on that.”

In an interview with The New York Times, the 83-year-old justice says “I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.”

Her comments have brought the usual hyperbolic responses from the bombastic Trump.

“I think it’s a disgrace to the court and I think she should apologize to the court,” Trump said.  “I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.”

Trump doubled down in a Twitter tirade:

Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!

Interesting that Trump, the master of embarrassment and the candidate who issues “dumb political statements” as a matter of course accuses someone else of what he does daily.

That, of course, is vintage Trump and as the Republican nomination in Cleveland approaches, those who think choosing a leader of this country should be serious and not a reality show are increasingly fed up with the antics of a madman like him.

Like so many others, Ginsburg at first thought Trump’s candidacy for President was a joke — a sick one to be sure but still something that America would laugh off and then move on to selection of a real candidate for President.

“At first I thought it was funny,” she told CNN Legal Analyst and Supreme Court biographer Joan Biskupic this week.  “To think that there’s a possibility that he could be President…”

Ginsburg’s comments have brought a firestorm of protests from Republicans (naturally) and even some Democrats who think a Supreme Court Justice should be above all this.

In too many ways, reluctance to denounce Trump for what he is — a buffoon, a con artist and a crook — has brought him to the brink of the nomination — an unlikely position once considered unlikely and unthinkable.

Donald Trump is, in so many ways, a blatant example of what is wrong with America today.  He is a product who uses hate to achieve recognition.  He’s a bigot who plays on fears of the uninformed and a bottom feeder who bilks anyone who can add money to his pockets while feeding his monumental ego.

Perhaps, as some say, a Supreme Court justice is not the person to say these needed things about the the joke who might be president.

But no one else did, so Ruth Bader Ginsburg stepped forward and, in her direct and often blunt style, told the nation she loves what it needed to hear.

The judge delivered her verdict on Donald Trump and it was both needed and long overdue.

2 Responses to Justice Ginsburg’s necessary verdict on Trump

  1. Good post, Doug. Supreme Court justices have been expressing opinions outside the court for years. Justice Ginsberg has the wisdom and good sense to expose that, as the old story goes,the would-be “Emperor” has no clothes.

  2. No matter what anyone thinks of Donald Trump – these comments coming from a member of the SCOTUS were inappropriate. She even received criticism from left-leaning newspaper editorial boards (NYT and WaPo) regarding her remarks. Upon reflection – even RBG realized her remarks were ill-advised: “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.”