Trump: ‘I’ll Accept’ Ginsburg Statement Even Though It Isn’t Real Apology

AP

Donald Trump doesn’t consider Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s statement of regret for criticizing his campaign to be an apology, but he said in a Thursday interview they “have to move on anyway.”

Trump said on “The Herman Cain Show” that he found Ginsburg’s criticisms of his campaign “disappointing,” according to a report from The Hill.

“The Supreme Court is above that kind of rhetoric, those words,” he said. “But she acknowledged she made a mistake and I’ll accept that.”

“It wasn’t really an apology, but we have to move on anyway. It’s just something that should not have taken place,” he added, as quoted by The Hill.

Ginsburg released a statement on Thursday expressing “regret” for what she described as “ill-advised” remarks, but stopped short of a full apology.

Earlier in the week, the justice joked about moving to New Zealand if Trump won the election. She went on to call him a “faker” with “no consistency.”

In response, Trump called for Ginsburg’s removal, saying that her outspoken criticism was a “disgrace to the court” and tweeting that her “mind is shot.”

His comments were echoed by The New York Times’ editorial board in a piece describing Ginsburg’s comments in the midst of the election as “baffling.” Experts told TPM that Ginsburg’s break with tradition, while unexpected, did not break any rules governing judicial impartiality.

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