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GOP leaders call for Ginsburg to resign after comments about Trump

By Ed Adamczyk and Eric DuVall
GOP leaders call for Ginsburg to resign after comments about Trump
Negative comments about presidential candidate Donald Trump by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prompted GOP leaders to call for her resignation. Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- Some Republicans in Congress joined Donald Trump's call for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to resign after scathing comments she made about the presumptive GOP nominee.

Trump and other GOP leaders said it was improper for a member of the Supreme Court to speak out against a presidential candidate.

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"I think it's highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign, frankly. I think it's a disgrace to the court and I think she should apologize to the court," Trump said Tuesday.

In a social media message Wednesday, Trump added, "Her mind is shot -- resign!"

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Ginsburg, 83, spoke disdainfully about Trump, saying in an interview published Monday in The New York Times, "I can't imagine what this place would be, I can't imagine what the country would be, with Donald Trump as our president."

Interviewed by CNN Tuesday, Ginsburg reinforced her comments, saying "He is a faker. He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. ... How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that."

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Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, said in a statement Wednesday that Ginsburg's remarks "are the antithesis of Lady Justice and in direct violation for what the highest court in the land stands. Justice Ginsburg's actions must be met with consequences. I agree with Donald Trump that she should resign."

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Speaking Tuesday on CNN, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called Ginsburg's comments "out of place," adding "For someone on the Supreme Court who is going to be calling balls and strikes in the future based upon whatever the next president and Congress does, that strikes me as inherently biased and out of the realm."

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest did not say directly whether Ginsburg's comments were appropriate.

"She didn't earn the nickname 'Notorious RBG' for nothing," Earnest said.

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When pressed by reporters, Earnest said he would not critique public opinions expressed by Supreme Court justices, noting he also declined to do so when the late Justice Antonin Scalia made controversial comments about black college students during oral arguments last year.

Earnest did push back on Trump's accusation that Ginsburg was no longer mentally fit to serve on the court.

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"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, the senior member of what is widely regarded as the court's four-member liberal bloc, was appointed to the bench in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton.

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