Amid Protests, Trump Pays Respects to Ginsburg at Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thursday morning, as Ginsburg lied in repose at the Supreme Court building.
Fox News reports that audible boos and jeers could be heard from protesters as the president and first lady made their way to the Supreme Court. Some could be heard shouting, "vote him out," and "honor her wish," referring to how Ginsburg reportedly said she wanted a nomination for the next justice to be held until after next year's inauguration.
Trump has been respectful of Ginsburg, intentionally holding off on announcing his nomination until after memorial ceremonies have concluded.
Georgia Congressman Doug Collins says he looks forward to the selection, with many experts agreeing that Trump's pick will be a woman jurist.
"The inside track is probably Amy Coney Barrett right now," Collins says. "I'd be a little bit surprised if it wasn't her."
The 48-year-old judge currently sits on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Back in 2018, President Trump passed over Barrett for the Supreme Court after Justice Anthony Kennedy retired. Trump instead, turned to then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh. At the time, Trump was reported as saying that he was "saving" Barrett to fill the Ginsburg seat.
"That's been such a refreshing thing for three-and-a-half-years now that the President does exactly what he says he's going to do," Collins added.
As for today, Trump offered words of praise for the legal icon upon her passing.
"Today, our nation mourns the loss of a titan of the law," Trump said in a statement Friday after learning of Ginsburg's death. "Renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one’s colleagues or different points of view." This is the second day that Ginsburg's casket has been at the high court for the public to pay their respects, following a private ceremony Wednesday morning. Ginsburg was greeted at the court building by her fellow justices as well as former law clerks.
Chief Justice John Roberts spoke at the ceremony, which was led by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, whose husband, Ari Holtzblatt, clerked for Ginsburg in 2014.
After lying in repose at the Supreme Court Wednesday and Thursday, Ginsburg's casket will be transported to the National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol, where she will lie in state on Friday, becoming the first woman to be given the honor. A ceremony will be held that morning, but only invited guests will be permitted to attend due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.