WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump called for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to resign, saying her “mind is shot” after she called him a “faker.”
“Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me,” Trump said in a tweet posted late Tuesday night. “Her mind is shot – resign!”
Ginsburg, 83, has told several interviewers in recent days that Trump, a billionaire real estate magnate and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is unfit for office.
“He is a faker,” she told CNN on Monday. “He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego.”
She also wondered, “How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns?”
Over the weekend Ginsburg told The New York Times that she did “not even want to contemplate” a Trump presidency.
Direct criticism of a nominee by a Supreme Court justice is rare, if not unprecedented, although there have been tensions between justices and sitting presidents over the years.
Ginsburg’s attacks on Trump have drawn criticism not just from conservatives, but from liberals who say she might be violating American Bar Association ethical guidelines, which ban expressions of support or opposition to a candidate.