On Monday, in a scheduled interview, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg not only declined to retreat from her previous criticism of Donald Trump, but she expended on it.
“He is a faker,” she said and did not stop there. Unlike the shotgun, adjective-filled rhetoric of Trump, Ginsburg went through point by point, being the skilled legal scholar that she is.
“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.” And the Justice did not stop there, “I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.”
Trump responded in true Trump fashion – by tweeting.
“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
Using his trademark 4th grade vocabulary, the Republican Presumptive Nominee, once again, has called on a leader to resign.
Trump recently called on President Obama to resign in the wake of the Orlando shooting. Indeed, the crime that Trump had convicted the President of was failing to say the words “radical Islam.”
So it goes with Trump — If anyone dares to say something he does not agree with, or which he finds insulting, those comments are automatically “inappropriate,” or “dumb,” or some other similar word. And the person who made those comments must be banished, regardless of the truth of the comments in question.
Justice Ginsburg has been widely criticized for making her comments. Regardless of whether or not her comments are inappropriate – and they may well be – let’s not forget those of Donald Trump.
No, Mr. Trump, Justice Ginsburg’s brain is not “shot.” She is widely regarded to this day as one of the sharpest legal minds in our country. She was so regarded by the late Antonin Scalia who vehemently opposed her on her legal and political positions. Not only that, she has been a fearless champion of everyday citizens during her illustrious career on the Supreme Court.
And No, Mr. Trump, unlike you, Justice Ginsburg does not consider someone or their comments “dumb” simply because she does not agree with them. Again, her relationship with Justice Scalia readily demonstrates that. She famously disagreed with the late Justice on most things. Yet, she considered him an incredibly intelligent scholar and one of her best friends.
Mr. Trump, a pillar of any democracy, and certainly ours, is that people do not get banished for simply speaking their minds. If you wish to run your own kingdom, stick to your company, cause this country is not yours to rule.