US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has surprised fans and critics alike by publicly attacking Donald Trump, calling him a “faker”, but he fired back by calling for her resignation.
Ginsberg started the row by telling AP in an interview the next president — “whoever she will be” — will have a bunch of appointments to make to the Supreme Court.
Asked about Republican presidential candidate Trump, she said she doesn’t “want to think about that possibility (of Trump elected president), but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs”.
This was unusual, and unprecedented, for a Supreme Court judge to comment on a nominee, but Ginsberg was clearly determined to push ahead and not back down in the face of criticism.
The next day, she told The New York Times: “For the country, it (a Trump presidency) could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
By now Ginsburg, one of the four liberal judges on the Supreme Court, was being criticised even by liberal pundits that she may have crossed a line.
She told CNN on Monday, “He is a faker.
“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.”
Trump fired back on Tuesday, calling the judge a “disgrace”. He told The New York Times, “I think she should apologise to the court. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.”
He followed that up with a late night tweet: “Justice Ginsburg of the US Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot - resign!”