Trump booed, chanted while paying homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg


President Donald Trump paid tribute to the late United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Thursday morning, just two days before announcing his candidacy to replace her at the high court.The president and his wife Melania – both wearing masks – stood silently at the top of the courtyard steps and gazed at the coffin draped in Ginsburg’s flag, surrounded by white flowers.

The death of the liberal-leaning justice sparked a controversy over the court’s balance just weeks before the November presidential election.

Trump called Ginsburg an “amazing woman,” but some onlookers weren’t happy he came.

Moments after his arrival, onlookers could hear boos which then briefly chanted “Eliminate him” and “Honor his request.”

WATCH l Hear the reaction to Trump’s appearance before the Supreme Court:

US President Donald Trump was struck by cries of “Vote It” as he made his way to the US Supreme Court, where Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rests. 0:33

The last song referred to a statement by Ginsburg’s granddaughter upon her death.

“My most ardent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” said Clara Spera, dictated by Ginsburg in a note in her final days.

It was an apparent request to treat the vacancy as was done in 2016, when Republicans refused to take on Barack Obama’s candidate to replace Antonin Scalia, citing the upcoming election.

Trump, without evidence, claimed in an interview with Fox News on Monday that the request was engineered by Democrats.

“I don’t know if she said that, or if it was written by Adam Schiff, and [Chuck] Schumer and [Nancy] Pelosi, ”Trump said. It came out of the wind. It looks so beautiful, but it looks like a Schumer chord, or maybe Pelosi or Shifty Schiff. ”

On Friday, Ginsburg will remain on Capitol Hill, the first woman to do so and only the second U.S. Supreme Court justice after William Howard Taft. Taft had also been president.

Ginsburg will be buried next to her husband, Martin, in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery next week. Martin Ginsburg passed away in 2010. She is survived by a son and daughter, four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and a great-grandchild.


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