Trump met with chants of protest as he pays respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Crowds booed and chanted “vote him out” and “honor her wish” — an apparent reference to Ginsburg telling her granddaughter that her final wish was for the next president to fill her seat — during Trump’s appearance, which was carried live on television networks. The president and the first lady walked out of the front doors of the court onto the front steps and spent several moments  standing in silence beside Ginsburg’s casket, which was wrapped in an American flag. As the chants of protest grew loud, the pair walked back into the court. 

The president wore a blue face mask decorated with the presidential seal. Other top White House officials also observed the casket after Trump, including White House counsel Pat Cipollone and national security adviser Robert O’Brien. 


Trump’s chilly reception in Washington comes amid a brewing fight over his plans to nominate a replacement for Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, less than two months before the November election. Trump is expected to announce his nominee, who he said will be a woman, at a White House ceremony on Saturday evening, and has pushed for his choice to be confirmed before Election Day.

Republicans have signaled they plan to move swiftly to confirm Trump’s nominee. Democrats have forcefully objected, saying whoever is elected on Nov. 3 should choose the person to fill the vacancy. 

Trump reacted somberly to Ginsburg’s death last Friday, describing her as an “amazing woman who led an amazing life.” He ordered the flags at the White House to half-staff to recognize her and said he would postpone his announcement on his nominee until after her funeral services. 

Ginsburg's casket will be displayed on the steps of the Supreme Court until the end of the day on Thursday and she will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday. Other political leaders have visited the Supreme Court to pay their respects, including Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceTrump returns to campaign trail after COVID-19 diagnosis Karen Pence's office defends her appearing without a mask at debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Campaigns react to virtual debate announcement MORE and Bill and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Trump, Biden tangle over Wall Street ties, fundraising The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage MORE.