Today, beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader “Notorious RBG” Ginsburg slammed presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump for the irreparable damage he might do to this country with his ignorance and his flagrant racism, and bemoans the possibility of Trump getting to fill the seat of her deceased colleague, Antonin Scalia.
“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” said Ginsburg to the New York Times. She then joked that her husband would have said “Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand.”
She also criticized Senate Republicans for holding up the appointment of President Obama’s nominee for Supreme Court Justice, Merrick Garland of the Tenth Circuit, immediately shooting down the ridiculous assertion that Republicans make that the “next president” should get to choose the next justice. “That’s their job. There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year.” She also was glowing in her praise of Mr. Garland. “I think he is about as well qualified as any nominee to this court. Super bright and very nice, very easy to deal with. And super prepared. He would be a great colleague.”
Ginsburg also went on the express her displeasure at the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and her desire to see the decision that opened the floodgates of dark money into American politics overturned. “It won’t happen,” she said. “It would be an impossible dream. But I’d love to see Citizens United overruled.”
Justice Ginsburg’s famously blunt comments hit the nail right on the mark here, and really put into perspective how much progress our nation could achieve if we could finally get another Democrat on the court – a prospect which pleases Ginsburg greatly. “It means that I’ll be among five more often than among four!”
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.