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Democrats Rush to Defend Justice Ginsburg's Criticism of Trump

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 Jul 2016 02:43 PM

Democratic leaders are rushing to defend Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who made headlines by criticizing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"Just because you become a Supreme Court justice, you don't lose your First Amendment rights," U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, the House Democratic Caucus chairman, said to The Hill on Wednesday.

"We obviously want our justices — all our judges — to be very circumspect in how they comment on matters that may come before them," Becerra said. "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."

Caucus Vice Chairman Rep. Joe Crowley of New York joined in Ginsburg's defense, saying she was right to call out Trump because of his sometimes offensive rhetoric.

"I think what the sitting justice said was just obvious to every American," Crowley said.

Ginsburg, 83, a staunch liberal presence on the high court, voiced her opinions on Trump to a reporter for The New York Times, which published the remarks on Sunday.

"I can't imagine what this place would be — I can't imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president," Ginsburg said, according to the newspaper. "For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don't even want to contemplate that."

The nine-member court currently has one vacancy following the death of conservative stalwart Antonin Scalia and Republicans' refusal to consider President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.

Ginsburg later took to CNN, where she called the billionaire GOP candidate "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."

Trump demanded Ginsburg resign, while other Republicans, and even some Democrats, have denounced her comments.

"That shows bias to me. 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," House Speaker Paul Ryan said during a town hall broadcast, The Hill reports. "I think that's something she should not have done because I think it shows she does not intend to be impartial in the future."

"It's so beneath the court for her to be making statements like that," Trump told the Times on Tuesday.

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