A House Republican, Representative Randy Weber of Texas, issued a press release on Wednesday calling for action against Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Ginsburg has recently made several frank, but politically biased, statements regarding the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Supreme Court Justices, though often affiliated with a political party, normally remain silent on immediate political affairs outside their jurisdiction.
In his statement to the press, published in the Houston News, Weber said:
‘The recent comments of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg on Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump are the antithesis of Lady Justice and in direct violation for what the highest court in the land stands. Justice Ginsburg’s actions must be met with consequences.’
Last Friday, Justice Ginsburg criticized Trump in an interview with the Associated Press, saying that she didn’t want to imagine a Trump presidency.
On Sunday, Ginsburg elaborated on her position in an interview with The New York Times. Ginsburg told The Times:
‘For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.’
Now, Republicans are up in arms against Ginsburg, who seems to have provided the fractured party with an enemy around which they can rally.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump took to Twitter and said the Justice should resign.
Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2016
Florida Republican senator, Marco Rubio, once a fierce and vocal opponent of Donald Trump, also took to Twitter to rebuke Justice Ginsburg for her slip in neutrality.
How can a #SCOTUS justice involved in partisan attacks during campaign be impartial in any cases involving a Trump administration?
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 13, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday regarding what he feels are inappropriately biased comments from the Justice:
‘I find it very peculiar, and I think it’s out of place for an appointed branch of government. That shows bias to me.’
Fox News host Megyn Kelly also featured a section on her show criticizing Ginsburg for her outspoken opinions. Her guest, Jonathan Turely, a constintutional law attorney and professor at George Washington University Law School, called Ginsburg’s comments “facially unethical.”
Others are more forgiving and support Justice Ginsburg, her opinion of Donald Trump, and her right to speak out. Included in this group are some of the ladies of “The View,” who debated the issue on the show.
Joy Behar quipped:
‘I don’t think he knew who she was before this week.’
Others don’t seem to know quite what to say. During Wednesday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said:
‘She didn’t earn the nickname “The Notorious RBG” for nothing.’