Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg inappropriately waded into politics when she inveighed against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Some experts even theorized that Ginsburg's partisan outburst makes her too biased to rule on cases involving Trump - especially if the election were to wind up in the hands of the Supreme Court as it did in 2000.
In response, Trump said he thought that "it's highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign, frankly".
She launched her criticisms last week, with comments to the "New York Times", in which she spoke of barely being able to think about the impact Mr Trump would have on the future make-up of the court were he to win the White House in November.
After a creepy comment in which she seemed to indicate that the world was better off with her "dear friend" Antonin Scalia dead, the Supreme Court Justice laid into Donald Trump with a series of questionable insults.
She told CNN on Monday, "He is a faker".
She also said her late husband would have moved the Ginsburg clan to New Zealand if he'd been alive to see Trump elected.
Trump responded with his usual bombast, calling Ginsburg a "disgrace" before ramping up the volume Wednesday, saying the justice's "mind is shot" and insisting she resign. He told The New York Times, "I think she should apologise to the court".
In a post-midnight counterattack on Twitter, Trump said the 83-year-old leader of the court's liberal wing had "embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. I agree with Donald Trump that she should resign".
"I'm not prepared to say that", Texas Sen.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Ms Ginsburg's comments "shows bias to me".
According to Napolitano, when members of the Supreme Court "articulate" their opinions publicly, and it "informs their decisions on the court, we have less respect for the court". The Post's editorial board said that they did not admire Ginsberg's candor and considered it inconsistent with her role in the democratic system.
Ginsburg hasn't backed down from her comments, and other members of the court have remained silent on the matter.
But it does totally stink that Ginsburg's ethics would be called into play for speaking her mind (and sort of saying what everyone was already thinking). That she made the remarks over several days, even after the shock value and the damage to the court's credibility was sinking in, calls into question Ginsburg's judgment and objectivity. I hate to admit that Trump might be right, but the justice should have kept her opinions to herself on this one, given her position.
Traditionally, Supreme Court justices like Ginsburg do not comment on presidential candidates. When given the change to follow the lead of our presumptive presidential nominee and reach out to the LGBT community in the wake of the very bad terrorist massacre in Orlando on the gay nightclub Pulse, the Platform Committee said NO. "I don't think that is something she should have done".