Despite what you may have read in the media, Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg did not apologize on Thursday.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday she regrets the critical comments she made about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, after facing a backlash that included the liberal bible, The New York Times. She did not, however, apologize to the Supreme Court, the American people, and certainly not to Donald Trump.
In the past week, Ginsburg publicly ripped Donald Trump more than once. In an interview with The NY Times published Sunday, she said, “I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” joking that if her husband were alive, he might have said, “It’s time for us to move to New Zealand.” To be honest, that just added to the list of reasons why the Republican should be elected president (maybe she could take Cher with her because it’s going to be awfully hard for the pop singer to move to Jupiter as she promised to do if Trump wins)
While there is no legal requirement that Supreme Court justices refrain from commenting on a presidential or any political campaign. Justice Ginsburg’s comment went against long-held tradition has been for justices of the nation’s highest court to keep their noses out of politics. Should Trump get elected, and she delay her trip to visit the sheep in New Zealand, Ginsburg might be called on to rule on a Trump action, or even worse if the election ends up as close as the 2000 race, the cranky lady may be called on to make a ruling which will decide who becomes president. Based on her comments she would need to recuse herself.
Ginsburg finally realized that her comments were inappropriate, however, she didn’t apologize. According to the Washington Examiner, Ginsburg released a statement saying:“
“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,” “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future, I will be more circumspect.”