WASHINGTON (AP) – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized Thursday
for “ill-advised” public criticism of Donald Trump, promising to be more
discreet in the future.
The leader of the court’s liberal wing sought to quiet complaints that she
crossed a line in her remarks about Trump, saying in a statement that judges
should not comment on candidates for public office.
“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were
ill-advised and I regret making them,” the 83-year-old justice said.
Ginsburg told The Associated Press last week that she did not want to think
about the prospect of the Republican winning the presidency over Democrat
Hillary Clinton. She escalated her criticism in subsequent media interviews,
including calling Trump a “faker” who “really has an ego,” in a CNN
Trump jumped into the fray on Wednesday. He tweeted that Ginsburg was an
embarrassment for making “very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is
shot – resign!” In subsequent tweets, Trump called Ginsburg “incompetent” and
wondered whether she would apologize.
Other Republicans have chimed in, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell of Kentucky, who called Ginsburg’s remarks “totally inappropriate.”
“She oughta stay out of it,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck
Grassley, R-Iowa. “It hurts the court when she does that.”
Ginsburg was appointed to the high court in 1993 by Clinton’s husband, former
President Bill Clinton. She said in the AP interview that she expects the next
president, “whoever she will be,” probably will have several Supreme Court
appointments. Two other justices in their late 70s, Stephen Breyer and Anthony
Kennedy, also could retire in the next few years.
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