Ruth Bader Ginsburg: If Trump wins, time to move to New Zealand

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg jokes that if Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE wins the presidential election, she’ll consider moving. 


In an interview with The New York Times published Sunday, the Supreme Court justice said her husband, who died in 2010, would have said, “‘Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand.’”

“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.”

Ginsburg, 83, said she will not leave her job “as long as I can do it full steam.” 

But she mentioned that that Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Stephen G. Breyer are no longer young, alluding to the effect the presidential election will have on the court. 

Her colleagues on the court have not spoken publicly about the presidential race or the ongoing confirmation battle facing Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, but Ginsburg talked about both. 

She offered an endorsement of Garland and said the Senate must do its job to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia. 

“I think he is about as well qualified as any nominee to this court,” she said. “Super bright and very nice, very easy to deal with. And super prepared. He would be a great colleague.”