Trump will pay respects at Ruth Bader Ginsburg memorial despite anger over his denial of her dying wish

President to pay respects at Supreme Court on Thursday

Oliver O'Connell
New York
Wednesday 23 September 2020 15:56 BST
The flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives at the Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday, 23 September, 2020
The flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives at the Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday, 23 September, 2020 (AP)

President Donald Trump will go to the Supreme Court on Thursday to pay his respects to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to the White House.

“The president will pay his respects to the late justice at the US Supreme Court where she will be lying in repose,” deputy president secretary Judd Deere told ABC News on Wednesday.

The announcement comes after Trump stoked public anger by denying reports from Justice Ginsburg’s family that her dying wish was that her replacement is appointed by the next president.

When asked about the late-justice’s final wish that was dictated to her granddaughter and later reported by NPR, the president told Fox News on Monday morning: “I don’t know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff and [Chuck] Schumer and Pelosi?”
He added: “I would be more inclined to the second.”

Just days before she died of complications resulting from metastatic pancreatic cancer at the age of 87, justice Ginsburg said: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

While the court is closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, a private memorial service was underway on Wednesday morning with the justice’s former colleagues, family, and close friends in attendance.

The public will then be able to pass by the casket of the leader of the court’s liberal bloc and feminist icon who died last week.

When the casket arrived at the court on Wednesday morning, some of Justice Ginsburg’s former clerks served as pall bearers, while almost 100 other people stood socially-distanced on the steps of the building.

Justice Ginsburg will lie in repose on Wednesday and Thursday at the court, before moving to the US Capitol to lie in state on Friday.

President Trump will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy on Saturday at 5pm. 

 in an Senate Republicans have corralled the necessary votes to approve the nomination, despite hopes from Democrats that some senators would abide by the 2016 McConnell rule of not moving ahead with Supreme Court appointments in an election year — let alone while people are voting in an election.

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