Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump continued his firestorm of verbal insults against one of our nation’s most brilliant legal minds, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for expressing her distaste at the thought of a Trump presidency and his particularly toxic brand of ethnonationalist scapegoating. Donald responded in his characteristically immature and enormously disrespectful fashion.
He called her “dumb,” because apparently Trump has the intellectual maturity of a twelve-year-old, and complained that her “mind was shot” simply because she is older.
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
He went on to say that “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. That she should be saying that? It’s so beneath the court for her to be making statements like that. It only energizes my base even more. And I would hope that she would get off the court as soon as possible.”
To accuse a woman of Justice Ginsburg’s razor-sharp intellect and to demand an abrupt end to her historic career simply because she stated her opposition to a Trump presidency over concerns that his entire political platform flies in the face of the values that the United States Constitution is enshrined to protect is simply preposterous – especially since nobody in the world is more qualified to speak on these matters than Justice Ginsburg.
Trump has proved time and time that he is incapable of responding to any kind of criticism without flinging childish insults and baseless accusations of occupational incompetence like a simian at the zoo. Such behavior is the very opposite of leadership and is not deserving of serious consideration.
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.