Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 84, crushed a long-standing dream of our President when she announced recently that she has hired a full slate of clerks through 2020. Trump has hoped very publicly that Ginsburg was near retirement.
Per the release, Ginsburg’s newest hires include: Alyssa Barnard, a Columbia Law graduate; Stanford Law grad Michael Qian; and Harvard Law grads Marco Basile and Susan Pelletier.
President Trump actually demanded Ginsburg resign after she criticized him during the 2016 presidential campaign cycle. In a CNN interview from July 2016, Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the presumptive Republican presidential candidate a “faker.”
She also said of Trump: “He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. And how has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that.”
After having lived under the Trump regime for a year, we all know he lacks the personal constitution to handle well-deserved criticism. So naturally he demanded that Ginsburg resign and inferred that her “mind is shot.”
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
Ginsburg went on to apologize for those comments about Trump. Not because she was incorrect in her assessment of his character, but rather because the SCOTUS judges traditionally stay above the political fray. During Trump’s presidency, the Notorious RBG has been much more measured in her comments about his job performance, but the shade is undeniable. In a February interview with the BBC’s Newsnight:
“Well… we are not experiencing the best of times, but there is hope in how the public is reacting. The Women’s March — I’ve never seen such a demonstration. Both the numbers and the rapport of that crowd. There was no violence. It was orderly. So, yes, we are not experiencing the best of times, but there is reason to hope that we will see a better day.”
As a refresher, The Women’s March was a direct protest of Donald Trump’s presidency and is estimated to have attracted to D.C. triple the attendees of Trump’s inauguration. That does not count the millions of women who marched across the nation, and throughout the world.
Back in November 2017, Trump had the hubris to release a list of potential Supreme Court nominees… to fill or a vacancy that does not exist. This is but one of scores of examples of this president just being in over his head. He got very lucky that his party was able to hold Scalia’s seat hostage so that he could install Neil Gorsuch. For him to have released his short-list of favorites after having repeatedly insulted Ruth Bader Ginsburg was to engage in a tickle-fight with a wolverine.
Even if Ginsburg had planned for decades to retire before 2020, Trump’s own antics will have caused her to delay that. Once again, Trump proves he’s neither “very stable” nor a “genius.”
Take a look at this hilarious and eerily prescient SNL clip from November 2016:
Let’s all send bulk boxes of Emergen C to Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, and hope that he decides to ride out the remainder of Trump’s term as well.