I am politically an Independent. In the 1980s I voted for Ronald Reagan. I also voted for George H. W. Bush. At the time I thought they were both wonderful!
Over three separate interviews this past week Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has voiced her views regarding the presumptive Republican Nominee for President of the United States. In an interview with the New York Times the Justice said, “I can’t imagine what the country would be-with Donald Trump as our President.” In an interview with the Associated Press Justice Ginsburg stated when asked about a possible Trump victory, “I don’t want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs.” In an interview with CNN on Monday she said, Trump was, “A faker who has no consistency about him.”
Justice Ginsburg has been almost universally condemned for what is considered an inappropriate comment coming from a sitting member of the highest court in the land. Condemnations range from, how can she be viewed as impartial when and if a case comes before the Supreme Court regarding a Trump Presidency to her casting a cloud over the entire Court.
Presumptive Republican Nominee Donald Trump responded by tweet on Twitter, “Justice Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court has embarrassed us all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot-resign!”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the daughter of Russian/Jewish immigrants.
I watched the CNN Town hall with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. On more than one occasion during the hour event Speaker Ryan was asked how he could support Donald Trump who has demonstrated extremely candid misogynistic, racist, xenophobic statements and opinions? The Speaker replied that it was a binary decision and thus he could accept Trump rather than Clinton. That is probably the appropriate stand for the Republican Speaker of the House to take as he is the Chairman of the Republican National Convention that begins on Monday…but what about the excluding of the entire Muslim faith and people from the United States? What about referring to Mexicans as rapist? Is it apparently more political expedient to disregard fifty-one percent of the residents of the United States and to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the most egregious demeaning comments about women…so we can win an election? Is it now acceptable to make fun of disabled people? What about being slow to disavow and nonplus about the Ku Klux Klan?
Republican questioners in the Town Hall audience looked like “deer caught in the headlights” when the Speaker of the House of Representatives basically informed them that he was able to look over all of their concerns…just to place a Republican in the White House.
What comes after the election? What shall we be willing to accept?