WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday she regrets remarks she made earlier this week to CNN and other news outlets criticizing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,” Ginsburg said in a statement. “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.”
Ginsburg extensively criticized Trump as “a faker” in an interview with CNN earlier this week.
Her comments enraged Trump and leading congressional Republicans and thrust the 83-year-old justice into the middle of the heated presidential race.
“He is a faker,” she told CNN legal analyst and Supreme Court biographer Joan Biskupic of the real estate mogul, going point by point, as if presenting a legal brief. “He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that.”
Trump called on Ginsburg to resign Wednesday, joining an outpouring of criticism that is giving a divided Republican Party a fresh common target.
“Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!” Trump tweeted.
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday also sharply criticized Ginsburg.
“I find it very peculiar, and I think it’s out of place,” Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper during a CNN town hall. “For someone on the Supreme Court who is going to be calling balls and strikes in the future based upon whatever the next president and Congress does, that strikes me as inherently biased and out of the realm.”