Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments about Donald Trump and the 2016 election landed her in hot waters, since Supreme Court Justices are supposed to remain mum and unbiased on the subject. However, Ginsburg is now saying she regrets her attacks on Trump.
“Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office,” she wrote in a brief statement issued by the court, admitting her remarks were “ill-advised” and expressing regret. “In the future I will be more circumspect.”
However, the political damage has been done. Ginsburg’s comments about moving to New Zealand if Trump is elected and calling him a danger to the country have already taken the headlines. While liberals praise her move, most Americans are ashamed someone with such high esteem in a coveted position would make those remarks.
Barry Friedman, a professor of law at New York University who describes himself as an associate of Justice Ginsburg’s, said her comments were a clear example of a breach in the neutrality justices must adhere to.
“The price you pay for being on the bench is that you withdraw from politics,” Mr. Friedman said. “You need to be extremely circumspect.”