In a July New York Times interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously said she couldn’t “imagine what the country would be with Donald Trump as our president” – a statement for which she subsequently apologized.
But now that Trump is indeed the country’s president-elect, it appears she may still be having some trouble with her ability to imagine.
Ginsburg appeared on the bench Wednesday morning wearing her “dissent jabot” or collar she regularly wears when issuing dissenting opinions on cases before the Court.
In a 2014 interview, Ginsburg revealed she has several collars that she wears at court that reflect whether she is in the majority or minority on rulings.
Today’s fashion statement has been interpreted by many as Ginsburg registering her protest to the outcome of Tuesday’s vote.
Ginsburg and Trump tangled in July following the justice’s criticism of the GOP candidate.
“I can’t imagine what this place would be – I can’t imagine what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president … For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be – I don’t even want to contemplate that,” she told the New York Times.
Saying Trump “really has an ego,” Ginsburg dismissed him as a “faker,” and said she would move to New Zealand if he was elected.
Asked about the prospect of a Trump victory by an Associated Press reporter, Ginsburg answered, “I don’t want to think about that possibility.”
Trump responded with a series of tweets, calling her comments “inappropriate,” “a disgrace to the court,” and urging her to resign.
“Her mind is shot,” Trump tweeted.
“Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!”
While Ginsberg later expressed regret over “ill-advised” comments about the candidate while the campaign was underway, it does not yet appear that she’s ready to stay completely out of the fray.
With only eight justices currently serving on the court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Trump’s first appointment should tip its balance in a conservative direction. Unless Ginsburg, 83, and fellow liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, 78, choose to stay on the bench another four years, their seats as well could be filled by Trump appointees.
Trump has pledged that any of his potential appointees must “interpret the Constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted.”
“We will save our Second Amendment, which is under siege,” he told supporters at a Michigan rally.