Well, we have another candidate for “If Trump wins I’m packing up my Liberal Marbles and moving somewhere else!”.
Unfortunately, it’s Supreme Court Justice. 😦
The highest court in the land. The one that is supposed to be unbiased and rule via The Constitution and only the Constitution.
But, as we all know, Liberals are far to Superior for that.
The Agenda is The Agenda.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
In an interview with the New York Times, Ginsberg laid into Trump and a possible Trump presidency:
“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. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.” If it did happen? “Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand,” Justice Ginsburg said, smiling ruefully.
That’s bad, folks. And it’s wrong. Judges are prohibited by Canon 5 of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges:
(A) General Prohibitions. A judge should not:
(1) act as a leader or hold any office in a political organization;
(2) make speeches for a political organization or candidate, or publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for public office;
Supreme Court Judges are not bound by these rules, but as The Washington Post points out, they are “exemplars” for the rest of the judiciary.
Then it gets worse:
Just a few days prior, she said pretty much the same thing in an interview with the Associated Press:
Asked what if Republican Donald Trump won instead, she said, “I don’t want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs.”
Speaker Ryan: “For someone on the Supreme Court who is going to be calling balls and strikes in the future based upon whatever the next president and Congress does, that strikes me as inherently biased and out of the realm.”
Coming from the latest in Jar Jar models…dubious.
CNN: “He is a faker,” she said of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, going point by point, as if presenting a legal brief. “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.”
The Post doesn’t mince words in their analysis of this:
This was a remarkably stupid and egregious comment for a sitting Supreme Court justice to make on the record. Say what you will about Justices Antonin Scalia, who died in February, or Clarence Thomas, but they never weighed in on presidential politics quite like this. The closest example I can find is that in January 2004, during an election year, Scalia went on a hunting trip with Vice President Dick Cheney. That action alone got legal ethicists into a lather.
What Ginsburg did was way worse, though. Indeed, I can find no modern instance of a Supreme Court justice being so explicit about an election — and for good reason.
But she’s a Liberal, and you have to remember The Rules only apply to lesser beings than themselves. They are above such tawdry concern of mere mortals.
The Chicago Tribune had similar condemnation:
To say her public comments are unusual is like saying dancing cows are scarce. Supreme Court justices don’t — at least until now — take public stands on presidential or other elections. One reason is that they are barred from doing so by the federal code of judicial conduct, which states that as a general rule, judges shall not “publicly endorse or publicly oppose another candidate for public office.” They also aren’t allowed to make speeches on behalf of political organizations or give money to candidates. …
This kind of disgraceful behavior is beneath the Supreme Court. Justice Ginsberg should be ashamed of herself and step down immediately.
Er… maybe wait a few months to step down, now that I think about it. (Federalist)
CNN: Ginsburg was appointed to the high court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and is now the senior member of the liberal wing and leading voice countering conservative Chief Justice Roberts. She has drawn a cult-like following among young people who have nicknamed her The Notorious R.B.G., a play on American rapper The Notorious B.I.G.
Acknowledging her own age and that Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer will turn 80 and 78, respectively, Ginsburg said of the possible next president: “She is bound to have a few appointments (to the Supreme Court) in her term.”
Homo Superior Liberalis strikes again. Contempt is always on the menu.