Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg yesterday apologized for taking public shots at Donald Trump and jumping into partisan politics.
"On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them", she said in a statement Thursday.
In interviews with media organizations in the past week, Ginsburg criticized the presumptive Republican nominee for president.
"I don't think she would recuse herself, and I don't think she's actually required to", said Louis J. Virelli III, a law professor at Stetson Law School in Florida, who wrote a book on judicial recusals. With calls for her resignation, Ginsburg really offered the bare minimum response.
Republicans and some newspaper editorial writers were critical of the Justice's comments.
There was no follow-up tweet from Trump after Ginsburg's apology. The reason he ran twice was because he lost the first time and continued to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court until he won the governorship of NY the second time he ran. The vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's February 13 death remains unfilled, and Ginsburg will be one of three justices 78 or older on Election Day.
The leader of the court's liberal wing sought to quiet complaints that she crossed a line in her remarks about Mr Trump, saying in a statement that judges should not comment on candidates for public office. Nonetheless, while consistent with prevailing political norms, the criticism of Ginsburg's comments overstates the law and ignores much of this nation's history and constitutional tradition. If Hillary Clinton wins, the White House, though, the odds seem fairly high the Ginsburg will see that as a signal that she can step aside comfortable in the idea that her legacy on the Court will be preserved by whomever replaces her. At the time, she was only the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 83-year-old Ginsburg has a busy summer of travel ahead of her. Ginsburg is known for speaking out on many issues. Her comments are often reported in blogs and were even turned into a book.
It also came at a dramatic moment in the presidential campaign, with Mr. Trump preparing to name his vice-presidential pick on Friday and then, next week, formally accept the Republican party's nomination. She has drawn a cult-like following among young people who have nicknamed her The Notorious R.B.G., a play on American rapper The Notorious B.I.G.
However objectionable Trump may be, having a justice discuss national candidates does not serve the Supreme Court or the country well.