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Judge Ginsburg Campaigns for Hillary

Yatindra Bhatnagar

It is atrociously appalling that a judge of the Supreme Court takes sides in a presidential election (recent interview with Katie Couric). Ruth Bader Ginsburg is known for her liberal and leftist views, already.

Quoting Sarah B. Boxer: “Ginsburg is no stranger to controversy. This summer, she walked back comments she had made calling Donald Trump a “faker” and criticizing his ego. Trump, in turn, had tweeted out that Ginsburg should resign because “her mind is shot.”

Appointed by the then president Bill Clinton, it seems the 83 year-old judge Ginsburg is trying to repay that debt with interest by praising Hillary and criticizing Trump just as the nation prepares to vote. She, in a way, defends Hillary's crimes related to e-mail scandal, dubious donations for the Clinton Foundation, Benghazi fiasco and lost American lives, dereliction of duties, conflict of interest and other grave irregularities by NOT mentioning even one of them. Instead, she admires her for being a woman, her knowledge, her poise and command of the language etc. (as if THESE are the most essential qualities for the president's job).

About Trump’s idea of a ban on Muslim immigration RBG has given enough hints on how she will vote if there is a case before the Supreme Court. She said: “All I can say is I am sensitive to discrimination on any basis because I have experienced that upset. America is known as a country that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people. The image of the Statue of Liberty with Emma Lazarus’ famous poem. She lifts her lamp and welcomes people to the golden shore, where they will not experience prejudice because of the color of their skin, the religious faith that they follow.”

That interview makes it clearer about her biased views and it sets a very bad precedent for judges - unelected judges of the highest court of the country - to participate in electioneering and influencing the voters through interviews and public expression of their preferences.

Madam Ginsburg, all that may not be technically unconstitutional but it's unethical, unfair, prejudiced, jaundiced and totally unacceptable.

Is there any punishment for such a conduct of a sitting top judge? Has the Supreme Court, collectively, any views about this? Will some judge take issues with RBG for publicly expressing her biased views and admiring one candidate and criticizing the other? Is this not joining the Clinton bandwagon in the election campaign by a sitting judge?

God save America!

 

[Printed in Crescenta Valley Weekly, Oct. 13, 2016]