President Trump paid his respects to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thursday, but was met with protesters who booed and chanted “vote him out.”
The President, joined by his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, and sporting a mask, stood silently before Ginsburg’s flag-draped coffin for a few minutes.
The crowd below abandoned decorum and began booing Trump.
Many individuals even began chants of “vote him out,” a scene which some might view as a particularly tacky display in the presence of a revered figure such as Ginsburg and the President of the United States.
‘VOTE HIM OUT!’ President Trump booed during visit to RBG’s casket
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 24, 2020
Trump Paid Respects to Ginsburg, The Protesters Disgraced Her Honor and Booed
Another chant began after the voting decree, with protesters repeatedly shouting “honor her wish.”
Her wish, as reported by NPR, was dictated in a statement to Ginsburg’s granddaughter, Clara Spera.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” she reportedly said.
Ginsburg previously stated, however, that the President has the power to choose a nominee even in an election year.
“The president is elected for four years not three years, so the power he has in year three continues into year four,” she said to a group of law students at Georgetown University in 2016.
Watch Trump get booed here: pic.twitter.com/mXBKP8Iu9m
— The Recount (@therecount) September 24, 2020
Trump’s Dignified Response to Ginsburg’s Death
President Trump has been incredibly respectful since learning of the passing of Justice Ginsburg.
Video of his initial reaction shows a man who appeared to be deeply moved by the news of Ginsburg’s passing.
“She led an amazing life, what else can you say? She was an amazing woman.” Trump remarked. “Whether you agreed or not she was an amazing woman, who led an amazing life.”
Former MSNBC host Chris Matthews, no fan of the President, praised Trump for his respectful response.
Trump is right to show respect for RBG. True presidential behavior. Far too rare.
— Chris Matthews (@HardballChris) September 21, 2020
“Today, our nation mourns the loss of a titan of the law,” Trump said in a statement shortly thereafter.
“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,” he said.
The President has held off on nominating somebody for the vacant seat, instead opting to do so after Ginsburg’s memorial ceremonies have been completed.
Ginsburg’s casket is scheduled to be transported to the National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol on Friday, where she will lie in state.
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