Dem leaders defend Ginsburg’s Trump attacks

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House Democratic leaders are defending Ruth Bader Ginsburg from conservatives hammering the Supreme Court justice this week for her recent criticisms of Donald Trump.
{mosads}The Democrats say that Ginsburg, despite her status, has the same constitutional rights as anyone else, while emphasizing that she violated no conflict of interest rules with her remarks.
“Just because you become a Supreme Court justice, you don’t lose your First Amendment rights,” Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), chairman of the Democratic Caucus, said Wednesday. 
“We obviously want our justices — all our judges — to be very circumspect in how they comment on matters that may come before them,” he added. “But I think in this case, we’re talking about comments made by an individual in this country who has a right to speak, and it did not impact any particular case that’s come before her. So I think we can move on.”
Rep. Joe Crowley (N.Y.), vice chairman of the caucus, also weighed in to defend Ginsburg. Labeling Trump “Con-man Don,” Crowley said the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s positions and rhetoric are so offensive and divisive that Ginsburg was justified to condemn him.
“I think what the sitting justice said was just obvious to every American,” Crowley said.
In a series of news interviews, Ginsburg — who was appointed by President Bill Clinton — has painted Trump as a volatile figure lacking the experience and temperament to occupy the White House. 
Speaking recently with The New York Times, Ginsburg said she “can’t imagine” the country under a Trump presidency. And invoking comments made by her late husband, Ginsburg then suggested a Trump victory would cause her to flee to New Zealand.
More recently, she doubled down on those criticisms, telling CNN that Trump is a “faker” who lacks a coherent strategy to lead the country. 
“He has no consistency about him,” she charged. 
Trump wasted little time firing back. He told the Times Tuesday that Ginsburg is “a disgrace” to the court and suggested she should step down.
“It’s so beneath the court for her to be making statements like that,” he said.
Ginsburg’s remarks have raised eyebrows in the legal community, with some experts questioning the wisdom of a justice making such politically loaded statements. And Republicans have pounced, arguing that the comments expose Ginsburg as someone who can’t be trusted to be impartial on the bench.
That shows bias to me,” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said during a town hall Tuesday night. 
“For someone on the Supreme Court who is going to be calling balls and strikes in the future based upon whatever the next president or Congress does, that strikes me as inherently biased and out of the realm.”
The Democrats have another view. And Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), who heads the Democrats’ campaign messaging arm, quipped Wednesday that the only error in Ginsburg’s comments were the suggestion that Trump would remain in the country.
“I disagree with her,” Israel said. “She should have said that Donald Trump should move to New Zealand.”

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