During a talk at Stanford University on Monday evening, liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told students she’d like to change the Electoral College.
Following the talk, which was about the meaning of life, Bader Ginsburg received a question from a student in the audience who asked her what she’d like to change about American society.
She replied by saying there are “some things I would like to change, one is the Electoral College.” Ginsburg’s response was met with applause from the 1,200 attendees who packed into the Stanford Memorial Church to hear her speak.
Seemingly hesitant to call out the new president directly, Ginsburg’s comments prove to be a less obvious way of conveying her disdain for Trump. Prior to the election, she was harshly criticized for speaking out against the then-GOP presidential nominee, as well as for admitting she expected Clinton to win.
Ginsburg didn’t comment on President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court or his recent executive order banning individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Trump’s Muslim ban could potentially end up before the Supreme Court.
According to Stanford University officials, the demand for tickets was so high the lottery system was used to determine who received tickets.
Prior to the election, the 83-year-old Supreme Court Justice spoke of Trump, saying:
‘He’s a fake. 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.’
In a subsequent interview, Ginsburg told reporters she “can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that,” noting that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia would last well beyond his presidential tenure.
Of course, Trump took to his favorite social media platform to completely berate Ginsburg for her comments.
‘Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – 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
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