America Not in Good Hands, Says Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Stephen Lendman
Supreme Court Justices are free to express views publicly like all other Americans, other than on cases before the court or under consideration.
At the same time, expressing them about the president or congressional members oversteps. So did Trump’s criticism of federal judges rejecting his travel ban.
Last summer, Ginsburg tacitly endorsed Hillary, saying “I can’t imagine what this place would be – I can’t imagine what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president.”
“For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be – I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
She called Trump “a faker (with) no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego.”
At the time, National Constitution Center’s Lyle Denniston said he wasn’t “aware of any justice ever expressing views on the merits or demerits of a presidential candidate in the midst of the campaign.”
At best, her comments were politically incorrect, at worst unethical. She was at it again on BBC’s Newsnight, saying she doesn’t think the country is in good hands.
“We’re not experiencing the best of times,” she said. Without mentioning Trump by name, she noted public resistance to his agenda, including last month’s Women’s March on Washington, in other US cities and elsewhere abroad.
It gave her “reason to hope that we will see a better day,” adding “(a) great man once said that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle.”
“It is the pendulum, and when the pendulum swings too far in one direction, it will go back.”
“Some terrible things have happened in the United States, but one can only hope that we learn from those bad things,” citing internment of Japanese Americans during WW II.
She ignored US fantasy democracy, endless imperial wars, corporate empowerment harming the general welfare, and repressive police state laws breaching constitutional rights.
She reads the Washington Post and NYT every day, she said, claiming their “reporters are trying to tell the public the way things are.”
“Think of what the press has done in the United States,” citing Watergate, ignoring the deplorable state of today’s media – featuring fake news instead of the real thing, WaPo and The NYT leading culprits.
At age 83, she hopes to “have a way to go” on the bench.
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