First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpRaskin: Grisham told Jan. 6 panel about 'names that I had not heard before' Grisham says former Trump officials meeting next week 'to try and stop him' Former Trump press secretary to meet Wednesday with Jan. 6 committee MORE on Saturday paid homage to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgSecond gentleman Emhoff acts as public link to White House Former colleagues honor Reid in ceremony at Capitol Congressional Progressive Caucus backs measure to expand Supreme Court MORE, calling her death an “immense loss.”
“Her tenacity & strength were matched by her intellect & compassion, & her spirit will live on in all she has inspired. My prayers are with her family & all who loved her,” Trump wrote, adding the hashtag “RIPRBG.”
Justice's Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing is a immense loss. Her tenacity & strength were matched by her intellect & compassion, & her spirit will live on in all she has inspired. My prayers are with her family & all who loved her. #RIPRBG— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 19, 2020
The trailblazing jurist died on Friday evening at the age of 87 due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.
President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE’s two eldest sons also praised Ginsburg after her death.
“RIP Justice Ginsburg. Agree with her or not, she was a true trailblazer and fighter until the end,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote.
RIP Justice Ginsburg. Agree with her or not, she was a true trailblazer and fighter until the end. https://t.co/WtQv2ob5NA— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2020
“Justice Ginsburg was a remarkable woman with an astonishing work ethic. She was a warrior with true conviction and she has my absolute respect! #RIP” wrote Eric TrumpEric TrumpNY attorney general subpoenas Trump, Ivanka, Donald Jr. Trump Org, PGA reach settlement over canceled Bedminster contract Trump sues New York attorney general MORE.
Justice Ginsburg was a remarkable woman with an astonishing work ethic. She was a warrior with true conviction and she has my absolute respect! #RIP— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 19, 2020
Tiffany Trump, who graduated this spring from Georgetown Law School, thanked Ginsburg for “being a trailblazer for women in the legal field, a pioneer for women and gender equality, and for showing that patriotism hinges not on agreement, but on the unwavering commitment to persevere, to listen, to learn, and to develop together.”
Thank you, Justice Ginsburg for being a trailblazer for women in the legal field, a pioneer for women and gender equality, and for showing that patriotism hinges not on agreement, but on the unwavering commitment to persevere, to listen, to learn, and to develop together.— Tiffany Ariana Trump (@TiffanyATrump) September 19, 2020
The president was at a campaign rally and apparently unaware of Ginsburg's death until he stepped off the stage on Friday night.
"She just died? Wow. I didn't know that. You’re telling me now for the first time. She led an amazing life. What else can you say?” Trump told reporters as “Tiny Dancer” blared in the background. “She was an amazing woman. Whether you agreed or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life."
“I’m saddened to hear that,” he added.
In a written statement that he later tweeted, Trump called Ginsburg a “titan of the law” and offered prayers for the late justice’s family.
“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,” the statement read. “Her opinions, including well-known decisions regarding the legal equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds.”
He ordered flags across the country be flown at at half-staff in her honor.
Ginsburg's death has set off a battle in the Senate over whether to confirm a replacement so close to the election. Republicans blocked former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCould the coming 'red wave' election become a 'red tsunami'? Bottom line Barack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle MORE’s nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandA new Bureau of Prisons director gives administration a chance to live up to promises Lawmakers coming under increased threats — sometimes from one another The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE in 2016.
Within hours of her death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellNAACP president presses senators on voting rights: 'You will decide who defines America' Sununu says he skipped Senate bid to avoid being 'roadblock' to Biden for two years 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act MORE (R-Ky.) vowed that Republicans will move to fill the vacancy.
The president on Saturday signaled that he will quickly nominate Ginsburg’s replacement.
"We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices," Trump tweeted, tagging the Republican Party. "We have this obligation, without delay!"