REUTERS - Donald Trump’s latest dispute is not an epic Twitter battle, for once. The presumptive Republican presidential candidate took to the New York Times instead to criticize Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for commenting to that same newspaper over the weekend about the U.S. election. Trump said Ginsburg should apologize for her “highly inappropriate” remarks.
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“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,” Trump said in a telephone interview.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Times published Sunday, Ginsburg bemoaned a Trump presidency and said it could have a large impact on the court for many years. U.S. presidents nominate Supreme Court justices for lifetime appointments.
“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 said in the interview. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be – I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
Ginsburg also joked it could be time for her to move to New Zealand.
Trump, in response, said he hoped Ginsburg, 83, would retire soon.
“I think it’s highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign, frankly,” Mr. Trump said.
He told the newspaper Ginsburg’s remarks only energize his base, predominantly white middle-class voters affected by a tough economy and frustrated with the inaction in Washington.
In her interview, Ginsburg addressed the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate’s failure to take up President Barack Obama’s nominee to the court, Merrick Garland, to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Republicans have said the next president should be allowed to nominate a replacement for the conservative Scalia.