The latest attack on tycoon Donald Trump came from an unexpected place: the United States Supreme Court.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the eight magistrates that make up the highest US court, broke the traditional impartiality that characterizes the jurists who hold that position, to criticize the virtual Republican nominee in the face of the presidential elections in November.
” It ‘s a humbug , “ he said the judge told CNN. ” There is no coherence with himself . He says anything is Known to Occur and at the time . It has a lot of ego , ” said Ginsburg, 83.
In other statements to The New York Times , the magistrate, known for her progressive stances, said that a Trump presidency would be unimaginable.
” I can’t imagine what this place would be like. I can’t imagine what the country would be like with Donald Trump as our president, ” he said. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court it could be … I don’t even want to entertain the idea.”
Ginsburg also joked that he would move to New Zealand if Trump makes it to the White House .
What did Trump reply?
Used to responding to attacks, Trump said in a tweet that Judge Ginsburg was making “very foolish political statements” and that he should “resign.”
The candidate also told The New York Times that it was “highly inappropriate for a US Supreme Court justice to engage in a political campaign . “
He added that his statements were “an embarrassment to the court” and that he should apologize.
The leader of the US House of Representatives and Republican spokesman, Paul Ryan, also intervened, saying that the judge’s words showed “bias.”
“For someone on the Supreme Court to talk about the future based on the next president and Congress, I find it inherently biased and out of place,” he said.
Was Ginsburg wrong to attack Trump ?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the oldest judge on the US Supreme Court and will be one of three justices on the court over the age of 78 on the day of the presidential election, which will be held on November 8.
Critics say the judge has risked her legacy by lashing out at Trump .
University of Minnesota professor Richard Painter told The New York Times that if Trump is elected, his comments will cast doubt on his impartiality .
Edward Whelan III, president of the Center for Ethics and Public Policy, told The Washington Post that this time Ginsburg went too far.
“I am not a fan of Donald Trump. But her concerns about the candidate do not imply that it is appropriate for her to say what he said . “
However, Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law, was not surprised by the judge’s comments. “I don’t think anyone should be surprised that Ginsburg thinks this,” he told Bloomberg. Saying it doesn’t change reality.
Mark Joseph Stern, a reporter for online magazine Slate , wrote that Ginsburg “made a conscious decision to leverage his political capital” because “it would be the only thing the judge can do to help prevent Trump from becoming president .
The Supreme Court has become a central issue in the US presidential elections due to the death a few months ago of Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
Republican senators have refused to confirm President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland to replace Scalia, arguing that the appointment of a new judge should be determined by the next president.