"In the future I will be more circumspect", she added.
Ginsburg extensively criticized Trump as "a faker" in an interview with CNN earlier this week. At a minimum, Justice Ginsburg's comments should offer presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton a few appropriate monikers about Mr. Trump that her campaign has so far hesitated to adopt. The New York Times and the Washington Post chided Ginsburg in editorial articles. He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment.
In reality, of course, Justice Ginsburg needn't have said anything at all in response to the criticism that her remarks generated. "The press seems to be very gentle with him on that". Ruth Bader Ginsburg apparently wants Clinton to win, just as her colleagues may well want someone else to win.
Reporters question Josh Earnest about her criticism of Trump on Wednesday. Unlike her feisty rulings and dissents, where she has forcefully defended her values, this kind of political statement is unlikely to do more than feed into Trump's well-honed air of grievance and allow Republicans in Congress to stomp and complain and ignore their own intransigence in refusing to consider President Obama's nomination to fill the empty seat. He tweeted, "Her mind is shot - resign". She says that her comments in a wide-ranging interview published recently in the New York Times were "ill advised".
Ginsburg has served on the Supreme Court since 1993.
The brief statement was a rare, public admission of fault by a member of the Supreme Court, an institution which jealously guards its traditions and nearly never acknowledges missteps in the conduct of the justices.
Ginsburg said that she "can't imagine what the country would be - with Donald Trump as our president". It's particularly liberating for a woman of a certain age to finally feel free - especially after a lifetime of implied societal constraints that force her to bite her lip more times than she can remember, choking on the blood of restraint while she does it. "I think she felt like it was important for her to clear the air".
I'm glad that Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized.
Congressional leaders were quick to blast Ginsburg's comment as inappropriate.
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said her comment "shows bias". "For someone on the Supreme Court who is going to be calling balls and strikes in the future based upon whatever the next president and Congress does, that strikes me as inherently biased and out of the realm".
On a lighter note, he joked: "She didn't earn the nickname the Notorious RBG for nothing". It was expected that Trump supporters would critic her views, but Justice Ginsburg did all but stay quiet due to the delicate political situation that the USA must undergo over the following months.
The justices' political leanings are easy to discern.