Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wore her famous “dissent jabot” in court Wednesday morning.
Ginsburg normally wears the collar when she is writing a dissenting opinion, but there were no opinions issued Wednesday. Many have interpreted her choice of clothing as a denouncement of Donald Trump’s electoral victory on Tuesday night.
In July of this year, Ginsburg told the New York Times that “can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.” Unfortunately, she no longer has to imagine. In a few short months, President Obama will leave office and be replaced by a man completely unfit to hold the presidency.
Trump’s utter incompetence will likely get him kicked out in four years or possibly even impeached, but the damage he could do the country will take decades to undo. Ginsburg was especially worried about the Supreme Court and said she found the prospect of Trump controlling the court to be unthinkable.
‘For the country, it could be four years,’ she said. ‘For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that’
During that same interview, she mentioned that Trump’s victory might mean it’s time to move to New Zealand. At least that’s one person not fleeing to Canada.
Trump has stated that he will appoint conservative justices in the vein of the late Antonin Scalia. Such Justices would undoubtedly set back the progress of the country for decades. However, Trump is a wildcard. Honestly, we don’t know for certain what kind of Justices he would appoint. In all likelihood, Trump will appoint from a list of Justices approved by Paul Ryan and other conservative leaders, but we simply don’t know that for certain. Based on what we know of Trump, it’s entirely possible that the GOP could make him mad and he’ll nominate someone with no judicial experience solely out of spite. Would anyone really be surprised if he tried to nominate one of his children?
During an interview with Yahoo News, Justice Ginsburg showed off her dissent jabot and discussed where it came from. You can see that video below.
Featured image via Yahoo.