Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, a former state solicitor general who has argued before the Supreme Court, called Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s criticisms of presumed GOP nominee Donald Trump “obviously inappropriate.”
In media interviews , Ginsburg called Trump a “faker” and despaired for the fate of the country if he were elected.
“She should not be launching attacks at any presidential candidate,” said Cruz, who also criticized Trump as a competitor for the Republican nomination. “And Justice Ginsburg attacking Donald Trump was every bit as inappropriate as Barack Obama, during the State of the Union, falsely maligning the justices of the Supreme Court.”
Obama’s comments at that 2010 speech—saying the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission would “open the floodgates for special interests” in elections—prompted Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. to shake his head and say “not true.”
“It is yet another manifestation of this Supreme Court becoming more and more political,” Cruz said. “As unelected judges seize public policy issues that the constitution gives to elected legislatures, we see the Democratic authority of the people undermined.
“I think her comments are not the problem, they’re a symptom of the problem which is the politicization of the Supreme Court. We need justices who will be faithful to the law and constitution and not be political actors.”