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The Washington Post and New York Times just took Trump's side in his fight with Justice Ginsburg

Donald Trump has been criticized by opponents for having thin skin when it comes to receiving the kinds of insults he so readily doles out to others. But after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she "can't imagine what the country would be with Donald Trump as our president" and later doubled-down on the comments, claiming Trump was a "faker" with an "ego" and "no consistency," The Washington Post and The New York Times both did the unusual — they took Trump's side.

Trump has seen The Washington Post as a political enemy, going as far as to revoke its reporters' credentials to cover his campaign. He might feel friendlier now, though. In their editorial, the Post wrote that "however valid [Ginsburg's] comments may have been…they were still much, much better left unsaid by a member of the Supreme Court." And although nothing about Ginsburg's comments was illegal, the Post added that "there's a good reason the Code of Conduct for United States Judges flatly states that a 'judge should not … publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for public office.'"

The New York Times — which Trump has called "dishonest," "failing," and "irrelevant" — labeled him "right" in their headline. "Washington is more than partisan enough without the spectacle of a Supreme Court justice flinging herself into the mosh pit," the editorial staff slammed.

Trump, for his part, said that Ginsburg was "making very dumb political statements about me." "Her mind is shot," Trump wrote in his own preferred space for editorials — Twitter. "Resign!"