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

President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE on Friday carried on with his campaign rally in Minnesota, apparently unaware of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg Women of Leadership Award given to Queen Elizabeth What's that you smell in the Supreme Court? The Memo: Trump's justices look set to restrict abortion 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.

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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 ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion 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 MeadowsJan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth Holding defiant Trump witnesses to account, Jan. 6 committee carries out Congress's constitutional role Prosecutors say North Carolina woman deserves prison for bringing 14-year-old to Capitol riot 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.

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Former White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayChristie says he was unable to reach Trump on Jan. 6 Watchdog cites 13 Trump officials who violated Hatch Act before 2020 election Ethics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act 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 GarlandSouth Carolina nurse charged for allegedly making fake vaccine cards DOJ launches civil rights probe into police department in New York suburb Appeals court grapples with DOJ effort to shield Trump from E. Jean Carroll suit 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.