Justice Ginsburg backs down on Trump

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After drawing fire from all sides over her criticism of Republican candidate Donald Trump, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today said she regretted making critical public comments about Trump, though she stopped short of apologizing to the GOP standard bearer.

“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,” Ginsburg said in a written statement.

“Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future, I will be more circumspect,” Ginsburg concluded.

While Ginsburg did not mention Trump by name, it wasn’t hard to figure out who she was talking about, as her public slap at Trump had gone down badly in recent days.

“Politicization, real or perceived, undermines public faith in the impartiality of the courts,” the Washington Post editorial board said in chastising Ginsburg.

“Donald Trump is right about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” the New York Times editorial board concluded, arguing that Ginsburg had made a mistake with her criticism of Trump.

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs to drop the political punditry and the name-calling,” the Times said bluntly.

For Trump, the Ginsburg criticism was a campaign gift, allowing him to rail against the U.S. Supreme Court, Democrats and Washington, D.C. in general.