White House: Ginsburg ‘didn’t earn the nickname the Notorious RBG for nothing’

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President Obama’s chief spokesman on Wednesday joked about controversial comments made by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“She didn’t earn the nickname the ‘Notorious RBG’ for nothing,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters when asked about her remarks on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

{mosads}But Earnest refused to say whether Ginsburg’s comments were appropriate in the eyes of the White House.

He pointed out that he also did not weigh in when then-Justice Antonin Scalia made controversial statements about black students during an open court session last December.

“I declined to wade into that criticism,” Earnest said. “And I think I’ll pursue a similar approach in this instance.”

Earnest did refuse to say at the time whether Scalia’s comments were improper, but he added that President Obama disagreed with Scalia’s views on affirmative action college admission policies.

“I think the comments articulated by Justice Scalia represent quite a different view than the priorities and values that President Obama has spent his career talking about,” Earnest said during a Dec. 10 briefing with reporters.

Earnest on Wednesday defended Ginsburg’s mental acuity and job performance.

“I wouldn’t call her confidence into question,” he said. “She has demonstrated a keen intellect and an understanding of the law and a commitment to ensuring that it’s applied fairly to every American.”

Ginsburg has faced criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for taking shots at Trump in a series of interviews this week.

She joked to The New York Times that she would consider moving to New Zealand if Trump wins in November and called him a “faker” in a CNN interview.

Lawmakers in both parties have said it was inappropriate for the justice to weigh in on partisan politics.

Trump on Wednesday called on her to resign.

“Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot — resign!” he tweeted

This report was updated at 1:38 p.m.


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