Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once again injected her liberal political views into the political process, reinforcing the perception that the court is nothing more than a few politicians in robes.
This time, Ginsburg’s commentary on Monday, Dec. 16th, was about President Trump and the impending impeachment as well as bias from Republican Senators.
As the oldest member of the Supreme Court at 84 years old, Ginsburg has been a lifelong leftist Democrat, lawyer, and feminist. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993.
Ginsburg speaks often to liberal and academic groups. She regularly crosses the line by talking about controversial issues that may or may not concern the Supreme Court. This includes criticizing the president.
The Code of Conduct for United States Judges states that a “judge should not… publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for public office.” Ginsburg’s political statements undermine her impartiality and public faith in the Supreme Court, not to mention call her judicial ethics into question.
Ginsburg’s Controversial Statements
In 2016, Ginsburg said in a speech at Columbia University that “sexism” and a “macho atmosphere” were largely responsible for Clinton’s loss to Trump.
“I think it was difficult for Hillary Clinton to get by even the macho atmosphere prevailing during that campaign, and she was criticized in a way I think no man would have been criticized… Yes, sexism played a prominent part.”
During the campaign, Ginsburg suggested in a New York Times article on July 16, 2016, that Trump would (not could) pose a real danger to the country. She further stated, “I can’t imagine what this place would be—I can’t imagine what the country would be—with Donald Trump as our president.” A few days later, she called Trump a “faker.”
Soon after, Ginsburg apologized for her statements.
On Monday, she weighed in on impeachment after Trump posted the following tweet calling for a review of the impeachment:
Just landed in the United Kingdom, heading to London for NATO meetings tomorrow. Prior to landing I read the Republicans Report on the Impeachment Hoax. Great job! Radical Left has NO CASE. Read the Transcripts. Shouldn’t even be allowed. Can we go to Supreme Court to stop?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2019
Ginsburg’s response in an interview was to say, “The President is not a lawyer, he’s not lawyer trained.” That’s beside the point. The question is this: does the president have the right to ask the court to get involved?
Furthermore, Ginsburg added about Republican Senators who say they will not convict, “If a judge said that, a judge would be disqualified from sitting on the case.”
Finally, she went on to talk about abortion and called for more activism of pro-choice views.
Justices Should be Neutral and Non-Political
The irony of her statement is that, while Ginsburg says it’s inappropriate for Senators to share their views in a political process, she’s doing the same thing. In regards to abortion, she wasn’t just offering her perspective; she was giving direction on what people should on a political issue, which is one that will come again before the court.
What would the media and Democrats do if one of the conservative Justices did this?
The Code of Conduct for United States Judges requires judges to be neutral and impartial. While sitting on the court, justices should avoid commenting on politics and so as to not undermine the Court. This way, in the circumstance that if, and when, cases come before the Supreme Court, the judges aren’t compromised or accused of being impartial by their own words outside of court.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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