House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed disapproval of comments made by Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Earlier this week, Ginsburg derided Trump as unfit for the presidency. She said that she “can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.”
Trump responded to the comments by telling the New York Times that it was “highly inappropriate” and a “disgrace” to the judicial branch.
But during a town hall event on CNN Tuesday, Ryan called Ginsburg's comments “very peculiar,” adding that it is not her place as an unelected official:
“I think it's out of place for an appointed branch of government. That shows bias to me. Now those of us who are in the elected branch of government who get elected to things, I think that it's perfectly in the realm.”
Ryan added that as Supreme Court Justice, Ginsburg is “someone who is going to be calling balls and strikes in the future,” which is why her comments were “inherently biased and out of the realm.”
Focusing on the separation of powers, Ryan expressed concern for the future of the Supreme Court's impartiality, saying:
“I think that's something that she should not have done because I don't think that that shows she intends on being impartial in the future.”
Supreme Court Justices rarely wade into partisan politics, but Ginsburg's very public statements don't seem to be stopping anytime soon.
On Tuesday, she called Trump a “faker” who should release his tax returns.