Donald Trump wants United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “off the court as soon as possible” because she criticized him.
As Talking Points Memo reports, Trump told the New York Times:
‘I think it’s highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign, frankly. 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.’
Ginsburg began criticizing Trump this past Monday. In an interview with the New York Times, Ginsburg said she “can’t imagine” what America would be like under a Trump presidency.
She told the Times:
‘He is a faker. He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego.’
On Tuesday, CNN’s Jake Tapper spoke to Joan Biskupic about Ginsburg’s remarks. Tapper and Biskupic discussed whether Ginsburg’s comments were surprising, given what Tapper described as the judiciary branch’s crossing over into executive branch affairs.
Tapper and others, such as former Hillary Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson, have suggested that Ginsburg has gone too far as a Supreme Court justice by commenting on the presidential race.
I ❤️ RBG but I don't think our Supreme Court justices should be publicly offering their opinions about POTUS candidates.
— howard wolfson (@howiewolf) July 11, 2016
Trump, in this issue, has found himself with some curious allies. Of course, the presumptive Republican nominee’s comments were the most brash. Suggesting that he wants Ginsburg off the Court as soon as possible implies he is looking forward to her death.
Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life. While Trump’s comment does not constitute a threat, his volatility, which Ginsburg criticized, is exposed. He is throwing around comments that leave it open that he wants a public figure dead.
Watch Tapper’s segment featuring Biskupic below.
Ginsburg and those who share her views likely have no reason to worry about seeing their fears of a Trump presidency become real. Trump sits at a 20 percent chance of winning the presidency in November. He’s not out of the game, but his candidacy is a long shot at best.
The Democratic Party’s machine seeking to put Hillary Clinton in the White House has long left the Trump campaign in the dust.