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Resign, says Trump to disapproving judge

Ginsburg also joked that her late husband might have offered that "now it's time for us to move to New Zealand".

The Notorious RBG can't imagine The Donald as president.

Napolitano went on to say that there's nothing that legally prevents Ginsberg from commenting about Trump adding, "I know she'll be able to serve".

Trump tweeted that the 83-year-old jurist's "mind is shot", while House Speaker Paul Ryan complained that Ginsburg's rhetoric sounded "inherently biased and out of the realm". From her point of view, however, the lines that really matter were already crossed by Trump, as well as Senate Republicans. Most candidates running for president do this. If Trump is elected then the Supreme Court will invariably hear cases brought against his administration.

The next President is likely to have other opportunities to shape the court as ageing justices retire or die.

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If, for example, in such a heated campaign season, the election in November is contested, like it was in 2000 between Al Gore and George W. Bush, Ginsburg would have to recuse herself.

Trump called her comments "highly inappropriate", as did legal analysts who cited normal strictures against judges offering their opinions about political candidates.

It is pretty much unheard of for a US Supreme Court justice to speak openly about politics.

Other Republicans jumped to join the attack, saying Ginsburg had proven she could not be an impartial voice on the country's highest court. The Post's editorial board said that they did not admire Ginsberg's candor and considered it inconsistent with her role in the democratic system. And Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it was "totally inappropriate" for Ginsburg to criticize Trump.

"It's a rare, probably not the most appropriate thing for a judge to say", said Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., a member of the House Judiciary Committee. In an editorial on Wednesday, the New York Times urged Ginsburg to uphold the court's tradition of silence in political campaigns. The newspaper said it is "vital that the court remain outside the presidential process".

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Don't ever get it twisted: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a treasure on the Supreme Court and anyone who cares about civil rights for anyone should be thankful she exists.

Nominations to the court, Ginsburg has indicated, are at the heart of her concern.

Whether the court of public opinion would agree with allowing Ginsburg to cast a deciding vote on who becomes the next president is another question. He said members of the Supreme Court should not weigh in on American elections.

In this election cycle in particular, the potential of a new president to affect the balance of the court has taken on great importance, with the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English based on reports from VOANews.com, AP and Reuters.

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