Trump fires back: Ginsberg's comments a 'disgrace to the court'

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Trump fires back: Ginsberg's comments a 'disgrace to the court'

Did Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg go too far when she criticized Donald Trump?

"I think he has gotten so much free publicity", she added, drawing a contrast between what she believes is tougher media treatment of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and returning to an overriding complaint: "Every other presidential candidate has turned over tax returns". She continued, "For the country, it could be four years".

"He is a faker", the 83-year-old justice told CNN's Joan Biskupic, who interviewed Ginsburg for a book she's authoring on Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

She also jokingly suggested New Zealand as a viable alternative to America if the Republican presumptive nominee wins in November. But they do agree she didn't violate the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges because it doesn't bind Supreme Court justices. "He has no consistency about him".

"I find it baffling actually that she says these things", Arthur Hellman, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh who studies the judiciary. How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns?

"The First Amendment is based on the strong presumption that more speech is beneficial because it means we are all better informed", he writes. "The press seems to be very gentle with him on that", she said.

Acknowledging her own age and that Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer will turn 80 and 78, respectively, Ginsburg said of the possible next president: "She is bound to have a few appointments (to the Supreme Court) in her term".

How quickly these purists forget Ginsburg's deceased fellow justice and good friend, the arch-conservative Antonin Scalia, who famously told law school audiences and national television programs such as CBS's "60 Minutes" to "get over it", when asked about the Court's 2000 vote to stop the Florida presidential campaign's recount and install George W. Bush as president.

Ginsburg had said on Sunday that she did not even want to think about what the nation would look like under Trump's leadership.

And she expressed a similar sentiment in an earlier interview with the Associated Press.

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