Trump and Melania booed as they pay tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, angry crowd yells 'honor her wish'
Donald Trump and Melania had to face the wrath of people on Thursday, September 24, as they went to pay their respects to late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court. “Honor her wish,” people yelled as the first couple stood behind the flag-draped coffin of Ginsburg with their heads down while wearing face masks. “Vote him [Trump] out,” the crowd said, referring to the upcoming November election.
Reports stated that booing of the Republican leader in his public appearance was a rare sight to watch or hear as most of his rallies and events have seen only support coming from the people. But this time was different apparently since many people who gathered outside the court to mourn the death of a feminist hero, considered Trump to be a figure exactly opposite to her ideas and beliefs.
People’s demand of “honor her wish” was reportedly in reference to Ginsburg’s last wish in which she wanted to be replaced by the new president after the November 2020 election. But Trump has disputed its authenticity by saying: “I don't know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff, Schumer and Pelosi. I would be more inclined to the second, it sounds so beautiful. But that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe a Pelosi or shifty Schiff. So that came out of the wind. Let's see. I mean, maybe she did and maybe she didn't.”
Ginsburg died at 87 on September 18, after suffering from pancreatic cancer. Before her death, she reportedly told her granddaughter Clara Spera, "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed." But the 74-year-old president has vowed to nominate the judge’s replacement this Saturday, September 26, and it is probably going to be someone conservative, The Daily Mail reported.
Trump and the first lady stayed at the Supreme Court for a very short time as they spent only eleven minutes before going back to the White House. They were accompanied by Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien.
September 24 was the second day of public viewing of Ginsburg's body. After her coffin arrived at the Supreme court on Wednesday, September 23, former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary visited to pay their respects. Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen also marked their presence. Chief Justice John Roberts in his tribute during Wednesday's memorial service said: “Ruth is gone and we grieve. Of course, she will live on in what she did to improve the law and the lives of all of us.”
He continued, “It has been said that Ruth wanted to be an opera virtuoso, but became a rock star instead. She chose the law. Subjected to discrimination in law school and the job market because she was a woman, Ruth would grow to become the leading advocate fighting such discrimination in court. She found her stage right behind me in our courtroom. There she won famous victories that helped move our nation closer to equal justice under law, to the extent that women are now a majority in law schools, not simply a handful. Later she became a star on the bench where she sat for 27 years. Dissenting opinions will steer the court for decades. They are written with the unaffected case of precision.”
“Her voice in court and in our conference room was soft, but when she spoke, people listened. Among the words that best describe Ruth, tough, brave, a fighter, a winner, but also thoughtful, careful, compassionate, honest. When it came to opera, insightful, passionate. When it came to sports, clueless,” Roberts added. Rabbi Lauren Holtzbatt said: “Today we stand in mourning of the American hero, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. To be born into the world that does not see you, that does not believe in your potential, that does not give you a path for opportunity, or a clear path for education and despite this, to be able to see beyond the world you are in, to imagine that something can be different. That is the job of a prophet. And it is the rare prophet who not only imagines a new world, but also makes that new world a reality in her lifetime. This was the brilliance and vision of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”