Trump pays re­spects at court to Gins­burg

Some spec­ta­tors jeer the pres­i­dent, chant­ing “Vote him out”

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - OBITUARIES - By Kevin Freking

WASH­ING­TON » Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Thurs­day 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 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.

‘Heart of the swamp’

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 was sched­uled Thurs­day lie in state at the Capi­tol the next day, 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, pre­vi­ously has lain in honor at the Capi­tol.

Gins­burg will be buried along­side her hus­band, Martin, in a pri­vate cer­e­mony at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery next week. Martin Gins­burg died in 2010.

Mean­while, the pres­i­dent is ex­pected to an­nounce his nom­i­nee to re­place Gins­burg on Satur­day. He has said he will se­lect from a list of five women. Repub­li­cans are work­ing to­move quickly to a con­fir­ma­tion vote, pos­si­bly even be­fore the Nov. 3 elec­tion.

A steady stream of mourn­ers stood out­side the high court Thurs­day. They packed the streets and hun­dreds waited in line to pay their re­spects to Gins­burg. The crowd was hushed and re­spect­ful, ex­cept for when the pres­i­dent ar­rived.

Trav­eled from Ge­or­gia

At­tor­ney Laura French trav­eled to Wash­ing­ton from Athens, Ga., to pay her re­spects. She said she owes her suc­cess to trail­blaz­ers like Gins­burg. She also said that GOP sen­a­tors set prece­dence four years ago when they re­fused to meet with po­ten­tial nom­i­nee Mer­rick Gar­land, and she ques­tioned whether they now had the right to rush through a nom­i­nee. She said it was right for Trump to come to pay re­spects, though she doesn’t agree with him po­lit­i­cally.

“He should; he’s the pres­i­dent and she gave her life and ser­vice to this coun­try and to these be­liefs that are in our Con­sti­tu­tion,” French said.

Rocky Twyman, who lives in nearby Rockville, Md., said Gins­burg’s death was a great loss for the coun­try.

“She be­lieved in equal­ity for all peo­ple,” he said.

He said it was right for Trump to come, but ques­tioned his mo­tives.

“I thought it was good, but a lot of peo­ple said it was in­sin­cere be­cause he’s go­ing to go around and nom­i­nate some­one for her seat,” he said.

Gins­burg’s grand­daugh­ter has said it was Gins­burg’s wish that a re­place­ment jus­tice be cho­sen by the win­ner of the Novem­ber pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and first lady Me­la­nia Trump pay re­spects as Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg lies in re­pose at the

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