President Trump’s inauguration was probably Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s worst nightmare. The diminutive octogenarian said as much during a July 2016 interview with the New York Times.
Said Ginsburg, “I can’t imagine what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president.” She also joked that her late husband would have said that it was “time for us to move to New Zealand.”
A few days later on CNN, she called candidate Trump a “faker” with “no consistency about him.” She complained that, “He says whatever comes into his head at the moment.”
Yes, Justice Ginsberg is certainly no fan of Donald Trump, having been appointed by serial misogynist Bill Clinton back in 1993. But even liberal bastion NPR remarked that “her harsh words were surprising coming from a sitting Supreme Court Justice.”
Donald Trump, true to form responded in kind, “Justice Ginsburg…has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!”
Sometimes even the liberal establishment cannot protect their own against the onslaught of truth. The Washington Post and New York Times editorialized that candidate Trump was correct. She should “drop the political punditry and name-calling.”
After her thrashing at the hands of The Donald, Justice Ginsburg apologized, “On reflection, my recent remarks…were ill-advised and I regret making them.”
She admitted that judges “should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.”
The definition of “circumspect” is the reluctance to take risks. It is likely that Justice Ginsberg didn’t fear any consequences, because she fully expected Hillary Clinton to win.
In fact, she acknowledged that her own age, along with Justices Kennedy and Breyer, who are heading for their 80s, would give Hillary a shot of replacing all three with liberals.
President Trump has already filled two of those vacancies with good men, who are well qualified. Despite nasty charges that both men were conservative hacks, each has shown a thoughtful and independent streak in deciding cases during the past court session. Neither Justice has ruled strictly for conservatives, unlike Obama’s liberal appointees Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
Democrats may be licking their wounds after failing to keep Gorsuch and Kavanaugh off the bench, but they don’t give up. If they cannot win directly, they head for the tall grass and try to game the system by changing the rules.
In a stunning move, a group of extremist Democrat senators went beyond pushing soundbites in the mainstream media. This time they filed a formal brief related to gun law changes. The overt threat was unmistakable.
“The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it,” the brief said. “Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’”
Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Richard Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono, Richard Durbin, and Kirsten Gillibrand pointed to the high court’s conservative majority that has delivered equitable ruling regardless of the political affiliation of the cases it has reviewed.
The Senate Democrats threat to “restructure” the Supreme Court means they would “pack” the court with additional justices to stop conservatives from having a majority.
The current number of justices, nine, has been in effect since the late 19th century. President Franklin D. Roosevelt back in 1936 tried to get Congress to raise the number to 15, so he could “pack” the court with justices sympathetic to his New Deal schemes. He abandoned the plan after his own party told him it was a bad idea.
Everyday Americans ought to consider the threat to turn the U.S. Supreme Court into an extension of the Democratic party with deadly seriousness. Among the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, and Kirsten Gillibrand, have all gone on the record saying they are ready to pack the court to get liberal outcomes.
Democrat candidates like the idea of packing the court with additional members. Most would like to increase the membership to 15. Dopey Mayor Pete Buttigieg has proposed a plan with some justices appointed by the president with others selected by other justices in order to “depoliticize” the court.
Here’s a better idea, Justices: Learn from Justice Ginsburg’s experience. Stay out of politics, follow the Constitution, and stop inventing non-existent “rights” like school bussing and abortion.
Looking for another reason to reelect Donald Trump and a Republican Congress? There are 9 more sitting on the Supreme Court.