WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she regrets her "ill-advised" public criticism of Donald Trump.
Ginsburg says in a statement issued by the court on Thursday that judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. She promises to be more circumspect in the future.
Ginsburg told The Associated Press last week that she did not want to think about the prospect of Trump winning the presidency. She escalated her criticism in subsequent media interviews.
“I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” Ginsburg told the New York Times. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that."
She added that her late husband would have said, “Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand.”
Ginsburg herself came under attack for her comments in recent days, leading to Thursday's statement.
Trump tweeted Wednesday, calling for Ginsburg to resign and saying of the 83-year-old justice: "her mind is shot."
Other Republicans have chimed in, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who called Ginsburg's remarks "totally inappropriate."
"She oughta stay out of it," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R- Iowa). "It hurts the court when she does that."