Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sorry for her recent harsh remarks about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, she said in a statement on Thursday, multiple outlets report.
The 83-year-old veteran justice backtracked on her insinuation that she’d consider fleeing the country if Trump was elected, saying, “On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them.”
She continued, “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.”
In an interview published Sunday in The New York Times, Ginsburg said, “I can’t imagine what the country would be with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be – I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
She added that her late husband, a tax lawyer who died in 2010, would have said of Trump: “Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand.”
Ginsburg also called the billionaire businessman “a faker” on CNN this week.
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Ginsburg, who has been on the country’s highest court since 1993, also said Trump, “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.”
In response, Trump took to his favorite platform – Twitter – to criticize Ginsburg and call for her resignation.
“Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!” he wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
On Wednesday he added, “Is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg going to apologize to me for her misconduct? Big mistake by an incompetent judge!”
“If I win the Presidency, we will swamp Justice Ginsburg with real judges and real legal opinions!” he also wrote.
Trump has yet to react to Ginsburg’s public apology.