7/14/16 breaking: Ruth Bader Ginsburg does the right thing today:
(Unaffiliated news story excerpt, linked to source:)
"On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them," Ginsburg said in a statement. "Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect."
Supreme Court justices should not publicly insert themselves and their political opinions as she did. It was an uncomfortable action for many, and might establish a concerning precedent.
...Here's an interesting case though, that her action was not the "end-of-the world" breach that some characterize it as. It's worth a look. Off-site 7/13/16 article, new window opens. No affiliation: https://newrepublic.com/article/135062/ruth-bader-ginsburg-thinking-heres-what
IMO (...I am speculating), I happen to believe that Justice Ginsburg is very concerned about perceived dangers of a Donald Trump presidency. So much so that she took the extraordinary step of speaking publicly about that. (I.e., she may have thought it was the 'right' - and necessary - thing to do.) To more than a few -- but certainly not all -- her brief criticisms seem accurate, and resonate with those who share her concern.
Nonetheless, it happens that I don't believe such concern justifies her action. I am pleased that she has now publicly expressed regret.
...But I also remain pleased that a prominent person has brought the word "faker" (as a characterization, in addition to her other succinct observations) into the public conversation. (At least briefly.) With the Commander-in-Chief U.S. president's office on the line, her comments need to be considered by all.
Yeah, it's funny. Image is linked to source. No affiliation.↓:
However -- once again -- the latest instance of prominent person's criticism provokes a volatile/ visceral response↓ ....from a presidential job-seeker many have concerns about.
...How might he react when the leader of China or Russia criticizes him/his administration?:
Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot - resign!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2016