Trump pays re­spects to Gins­burg as crowds jeer

The Times-Tribune - - NATION & WORLD - BY KEVIN FREK­ING

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was booed Thurs­day as he paid re­spects to late Supreme Court Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg. He plans to nom­i­nate a re­place­ment this week­end for the lib­eral jus­tice, best known for her ad­vance­ment of women’s rights.

The pres­i­dent and first lady Me­la­nia Trump — both wear­ing masks — stood silently at the top of the steps of the court and looked down at Gins­burg’s flag-draped cof­fin, which was sur­rounded by white flow­ers. Gins­burg’s death has sparked a con­tro­versy over the po­lit­i­cal bal­ance of the court just weeks be­fore the Novem­ber pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Mo­ments af­ter Trump ar­rived, boo­ing could be heard from spec­ta­tors about a block away from the court build­ing. They chanted “vote him out” as the pres­i­dent stood near the cof­fin. Trump walked back into the court as the chants grew louder.

As his mo­tor­cade re­turned to the White House, there were also chants of “Bre­onna Tay­lor” from some spec­ta­tors stand­ing on the side­walk. Their calls came one day af­ter it was an­nounced that a Ken­tucky grand jury had brought no charges against Louisville po­lice for her killing dur­ing a drug raid con­nected to a sus­pect who did not live at Tay­lor’s home.

White House press sec­re­tary Kayleigh Mce­nany said peo­ple have First Amend­ment rights, but she found the jeers “an ap­palling and dis­re­spect­ful thing to do as the pres­i­dent hon­ored Jus­tice Gins­burg.”

“The chants were ap­palling but cer­tainly to be ex­pected when you’re in the heart of the swamp,” Mce­nany said.

Trump ac­knowl­edged hear­ing the chant, but dis­missed it as not very strong. “We could hardly hear it from where we were,” he told re­porters on the South Lawn later Thurs­day.

Trump has called Gins­burg an “amaz­ing woman.” Her body will lie in state at the Capi­tol to­day, the first time a woman re­ceives that dis­tinc­tion, and only the sec­ond time it will be be­stowed on a Supreme Court jus­tice. Wil­liam Howard Taft, who had also served as pres­i­dent, was also rec­og­nized in such a man­ner. The body of Rosa Parks, a pri­vate cit­i­zen and not a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, pre­vi­ously has lain in honor at the Capi­tol.

J. SCOTT ap­ple­white / as­so­ci­ated press

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and first lady Me­la­nia Trump pay re­spects as Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg lies in re­pose Thurs­day at the Supreme Court build­ing.

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