Donald Trump called for an apology from Ruth Bader Ginsburg after the Supreme Court justice unleashed on him in interviews with The New York Times and Associated Press.
“I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” Ginsburg told The New York Times in a story published over the weekend. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
Ginsburg even joked about leaving the country under a Trump presidency.
Speaking with the Associated Press, Ginsburg echoed that she didn’t want to think about a Trump administration and what it would mean for the court, “but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs.”
And on Monday night Ginsburg had zero regret about her previous comments, instead she doubled down.
“He is a faker,” she told Joan Biskupic, who is a CNN Legal Analyst and Supreme Court biographer. “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 presumptive GOP presidential nominee did not enjoy being attacked by a high court justice and said she should apologize and leave the bench (The justices generally stay out of weighing in on politics).
“I think it’s highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign, frankly,” Trump said to The Times Tuesday. “I think it’s a disgrace to the court, and I think she should apologize to the court. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.”
But Trump did see a silver lining to the attacks: his base would be energized.
“It’s so beneath the court for her to be making statements like that. It only energizes my base even more. And I would hope that she would get off the court as soon as possible,” he said.