GOP lawmaker rips Huckabee for ‘despicable’ joke about Ruth Bader Ginsburg

GOP lawmaker rips Huckabee for ‘despicable’ joke about Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloFlorida New Members 2019 3 ways House Dems can fight climate change when sweeping policy is off the table Defeated Republicans mocked by Trump fire back at president MORE (R-Fla.) ripped former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) for making a "despicable" joke about why Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wouldn't be attending President TrumpDonald John TrumpMia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey Trump congratulates Kemp, says Abrams will have 'terrific political future' MORE's first State of the Union.

Huckabee this past weekend tweeted it wasn't fair for people to be criticizing Ginsburg for not going to the address.

"It's not fair that ppl are criticizing Justice Ginsberg for skipping SOTU! Security concerns wouldn't allow her to bring CPAP machine into House Chamber," he tweeted.

Curbelo, who's considered one of the most vulnerable House Republicans up for reelection in November, shot back later Sunday night, calling it a "despicable" and "tasteless joke."

"Today’s #PIPAward goes to @GovMikeHuckabee — so politically intoxicated that he would make this despicable, tasteless joke," he tweeted.

"Sober up and stop embarrassing yourself and your family. #PIP = politically intoxicated person."

Ginsburg is scheduled to be at Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsHouse Republicans set to elect similar team of leaders despite midterm thumping Veterans can help meet the physician shortage in the VA health system, but this policy is a barrier Dems gain momentum 50 days before midterms MORE University in Rhode Island on Tuesday for her speaking tour.

Her talk at the university was announced last August.

Last year, Ginsburg didn't attend Trump's address to a joint session of Congress after going to all eight of President Obama's addresses. Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas also did not attend Trump's address. 

It is not abnormal for Supreme Court justices to skip the annual presidential addresses.

Ginsburg has in the past been critical of Trump.

In 2016, she referred to then-candidate Trump as a "faker" and said she couldn't imagine what the country would be like with Trump as president. Trump at the time fired back at her on Twitter, saying her mind was "shot."