Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg raised eyebrows when she told the New York Times that if Donald Trump won it would be a good idea to move to New Zealand. On Monday she told CNN what she really thinks.
“He is a faker,” she said of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, going point by point, as if presenting a legal brief. “He has no consistency 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 to be very gentle with him on that…”
“I think he has gotten so much free publicity,” she added, drawing a contrast between what she believes is tougher media treatment of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and returning to an overriding complaint: “Every other presidential candidate has turned over tax returns.”
Gee, I wonder what Mr. Trump had to say about that.
“I think it’s highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign, frankly,” Trump told the Times by phone. “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.”
“And I would hope that she would get off the court as soon as possible,” he added.
Oh, the Supreme Court shouldn’t get involved in politics, eh? Let’s ask President Gore about that, or the losing side of Citizens United, which would be all of us. Not to mention the fact that the late Antonin Scalia was not above — or beneath — tossing out his considerably opinionated views himself on everything from birth control to Satan.
Only a naif or a scoundrel would tell the world that the Court doesn’t get involved, and even if you think perhaps it was a little much for R.B.G. to say it, she is entitled to her opinion, and in spite of Mr. Trump’s apparent understanding of what “lifetime appointment” means, she’s free to do and say what she pleases without fear of political influence.
On the other hand, I wonder if she’d consider running for V.P.