From 7-13-16 episode of The Rob Zicari Show LIVE 10-1pm M-F
They call her Notorious RBG.
Every time I see Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I think of my great-grandmother Prudy. Grandma Prudy was 93 years old when she died. She had a hunchback and resided in an assisted-living facility in upstate New York and walked around with a cane. Very Yoda-like.
When Donald Trump questioned whether Judge Gonzalo Curiel could be impartial in his Trump University case because of Curiel’s association with amnesty groups and organizations that were working against Trump, the left was outraged. “How can Trump impugn this judge’s integrity? Curiel isn’t just some political hack. He’s a federal judge. No matter what he feels inside, a federal judge invokes the law to make decisions. Trump has no basis to question his impartiality.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg sits on the highest court in the land. There ain’t no higher than the Supreme Court. A SCOTUS appointment is the ultimate dream of everyone who enters the legal profession, just like becoming president is the dream of every politician. Every federal judge dreams of getting the call that they are being tapped for a seat on the big bench.
Justice Ginsburg did an interview with the New York Times and has been making the talk show circuit. This is a fairly new phenomenon, a Supreme Court justice being so accessible to the media. Justices usually stay out of politics and hold their opinions close to their chest. Not so with Madame Ginsburg.
“I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” she said. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
She said it reminded her of something her late husband Martin would say:
“Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand.”
After the Times interview, Ginsburg went on CNN. She’s making the rounds.
“He is a faker,” she said of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, 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.”
This is amazing and unprecedented. A Supreme Court justice is not supposed to talk like that. The Supreme Court is a sacred institution that guards their secrecy and values their integrity. No cameras are allowed in the SCOTUS courtroom. Justices will recuse themselves if there is a hint of impartiality, as Justice Elena Kagan did in Fisher v. University of Texas, an affirmative action case. Kagan had worked on the case as U.S. solicitor general, so she bowed out.
If Donald Trump wins the presidency, how the hell does Ruth Bader Ginsburg stay on that court? How does she remain on the bench if there is ever a case involving President Trump? There were a bunch of cases during Obama’s presidency that he wanted upheld or struck down, from DACA to Obamacare. If Donald Trump is president and has a similar situation, how does Justice Ginsburg not recuse herself?
The media hates Trump because he has flushed them out and exposed them for what they are. He calls them out and they don’t like it. The Supreme Court is supposed to appear free of bias. Trump has flushed a member of the Supreme Court who votes based on her ideology. Whatever the merits of a case, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will vote against the Republican side.
Right now, it’s being treated as a joke. “That’s why they call her Notorious RBG! Ha Ha!” But imagine if the roles were reversed and a justice had said the same thing about Hillary Clinton. If Justice Ginsburg was a Republican and had called Hillary a liar and an egomaniac, there would be calls from liberals for her to step down from the bench. Every case she had been involved with would be questioned. There would be universal outrage coming from the left. It would be a serious controversy, not a joke.
This has to a Hail Mary pass. I think Justice Ginsburg will retire soon no matter who becomes president. She’s 83 years old, has the Grandma Prudy hunchback. Every time you see her she’s falling asleep. She’s been treated for cancer twice. She might not even be alive now. Democrats could be propping her up and moving her arms and mouth around like Terry Kiser in Weekend at Bernie’s.
It’s time for Notorious RBG to step down. Even Ted Cruz said, “Her comments were obviously inappropriate. When unelected judges try to impose their own policy views … it’s wrong and it’s dangerous.”
Couldn’t agree more, Teddy.