Edward Packard

July 12, 2016

Like a lot of people, I was surprised to read that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had publicly attacked Donald Trump. I wasn’t surprised when she doubled down on her comments. She is not the kind of person who is given to impulsive comments from which she has to retreat.

Some say that Ginsburg violated the tradition that Supreme Court justices should not become involved in political controversies. A New York Times editorial pointedly criticized her, and an expert on legal ethics asserted that she had “tarnished her legacy.”

I think Ginsburg burnished her legacy by calling out Trump for being a “faker.” Normally, it would be improper for a Supreme Court justice to publicly take sides in a presidential election contest. But this is not a normal time, and Trump is a strikingly abnormal candidate, one whose election would cast a dark shadow over the future of all of us.




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