Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made a factual statement regarding Donald Trump.
“He is a faker,” the veteran jurist says of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. “He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego.”
Would anyone who has paid the most minimal attention to Trump’s long history of changing positions, would anyone who has merely tried to keep track of Trump’s positions during the course of his 2016 presidential run, disagree with that assessment? Certainly, his Republican primary opponents did not disagree. Their criticisms of the billionaire businessman were far more pointed. So, too, has been the criticism from conservative Republicans who, even now, hope to derail the candidacy of a reality-TV “star” whom Republican Senator Lindsey Graham refers to as “a loser as a person and a candidate.”
For purposes of clarification, Graham has also referred to Trump as a “nut job” who is “ill-suited” for the presidency.
Justice Ginsburg also asked a question about Trump during a thoughtful conversation with a respected legal analyst: “How has [Trump] gotten away with not turning over his tax returns?” That’s something top Republicans have wondered aloud about. Indeed, the party’s immediate former nominee for president, Mitt Romney, says the 2016 Republican contender’s refusal to release his returns is “disqualifying.” “There is only one logical explanation for Mr. Trump’s refusal to release his returns: There is a bombshell in them,” argues Romney. “Given Mr. Trump’s equanimity with other flaws in his history, we can only assume it’s a bombshell of unusual size.”
Justice Ginsburg made an observation regarding media coverage of the debate about Trump’s tax returns: “The press seems to be very gentle with him on that.” That’s hardly a radical line, as members of the media have joined partisans and ideologues on all sides in suggesting that Trump has too frequently gotten a free pass from the press. There is a reasonable level of consensus around the parallel notions that, as an NPR assessment recently noted,“The media greatly enabled Trump, embracing the spectacle to give him vast swaths of real estate on air, online and in print” and, “Most egregiously, the media did not subject Trump’s record to the kind of scrutiny other major candidates should receive.”