Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wants to Be Less Notorious

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Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Ginsburg Discuss First Amendment At Forum
Remorseful RBG.Photo: Alex Wong

Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not want Donald Trump to be president, and she isn’t afraid to say so. Or, rather, she wasn’t afraid to say so, until now. In three separate interviews earlier this week, the 83-year-old Supreme Court justice made her antipathy for the mogul unambiguous. This was a significant violation of America’s political norms. Trump called for her resignation. The editorial boards of the New York Times and the Washington Post called for her to apologize. On Thursday, Ginsburg honored the latter request.

On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,” she said in a statement. “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.”