The 83-year-old U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was given the nickname by her cult-like following of fans, is living up to her reputation by injecting herself into the 2016 presidential campaign and starting a feud with Donald Trump.
"Her comments ... call into question her ability to adjudicate any case involving the Trump administration [if there is one]", says Josh Blackman, a professor at the South Texas College of Law.
"I think that it was the wrong statement, she ought to apologize for it, she ought to withdraw it", Grassley said Wednesday when asked about Trump's demand. She's called him a fake! He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. Ginsburg also criticized Trump for not making his recent tax returns public.
Who knows. In any event, all of these possibilities seem way too sophisticated for someone who very recently said he'd protect an article of the Constitution that doesn't even exist, and made a number of proposals that would certainly make the founding fathers shudder.
Justice Ginsburg said in another interview, "I can't imagine what this place would be-I can't imagine what the country would be-with Donald Trump as our president", she said. And while almost all jurists at the state and federal level are subject to codes of ethics that prohibit outright endorsements or opposition to political candidates, the U.S. Supreme Court isn't bound by those codes. She also joked about moving to New Zealand.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Justice's comments showed "bias" during a CNN town hall interview yesterday evening. They claimed at the time that the Supreme Court is supposed to be impartial and none of its members should make openly political comments. Reid emphasized Senate Republicans' refusal to consider President Barack Obama's choice to fill an open seat, Merrick Garland. "I can envision a lecture she got this afternoon from her colleague Justice Sotomayor". No doubt this restriction requires judges, and justices, to muzzle themselves and, to a certain extent, to pretend they either do or do not think various things that they obviously do or do not believe.
The Times said there was no legal requirement that Supreme Court justices keep silent on political campaigns, but it expressed concern that Ms Ginsburg would jeopardise her own commitment to impartiality.
It's no surprise that Ginsburg isn't a big fan of Trump (she is known for her liberal views and was nominated by former President Bill Clinton.) But justices usually avoid commenting on politics; particularly politics related to who should be the next president, likely to nominate at least one other justice they'll work with. The Times' editorial concludes, "Washington is more than partisan enough without the spectacle of a Supreme Court justice flinging herself into the mosh pit". "I would hope that she would get off the court as soon as possible", he said. When the president delivers a State of the Union address, justices sit on their hands in the front row, refusing to applaud anything he says.
"We need to have a Supreme Court that can speak with authority if called upon to referee any aspect of this election".