Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE on Friday carried on with his campaign rally in Minnesota, apparently unaware of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgFauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Biden owes us an answer on court-packing MORE, as the political world shook.


The president took the stage in Minnesota before news of Ginsburg's death broke. He was not informed as he delivered his standard rally speech to a crowd in Bemidji, Minn., even as reactions poured out from lawmakers, activists and common citizens.


Coincidentally, Trump touted an expanded list of potential Supreme Court nominees that he released last week shortly after the court announced Ginsburg had died.

But he carried on with his remarks, complaining about 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Rally crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise' Undecided voters in Arizona wary of Trump, crave stability Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE's email scandal, touting his immigration policy and bragging that the U.S. military has "the greatest weapons in history" and how some fighter pilots are "better looking than Tom Cruise."

One reporter on the ground in Minnesota tweeted that a supporter shouted out that Ginsburg had died, but the president did not appear to hear.

The White House had not issued a statement while Trump was on stage but the White House flag was lowered to half staff.

Chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsSchumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pfizer could apply for US emergency use approval for coronavirus vaccine by late November Ted Cruz won't wear mask to speak to reporters at Capitol MORE said on Twitter that Ginsburg was "a trailblazer, a dedicated public servant, and an inspiration to so many."

"My prayers are with her family and friends," he added.


Former White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayBillboard warns Trump's Iowa rally will be 'superspreader event' White House Halloween to be 'modified' to meet CDC guidelines: report Minnesota health officials connect COVID-19 cases to Trump, Biden campaign events MORE tweeted that Ginsburg "led a remarkable life of consequence" and "inspired many women."


The president has vowed to fill any vacancy on the Supreme Court even in an election year, setting up a likely volcanic battle between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.

Republicans did not give a hearing to Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Biden keeps both sides guessing on court packing Biden town hall questioner worked as speechwriter in Obama administration: report MORE in 2016 when Justice Antonin Scalia died in February, arguing that voters should have a say in determining which nominee could appoint his replacement.