President Trump called Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a “titan of the law” in a statement late Friday night on her death. “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,” the statement said. The White House has also lowered its flag to half-staff.
The news of Ginsburg’s death broke about 10 minutes after Trump launched into a campaign speech before a large crowd at an airport hangar in Bemidji, Minn. Trump continued on, for more than an hour, before returning to Air Force One, where reporters were waiting. As Elton John’s Tiny Dancer played from the nearby stage, a reporter broke the news. “She just died?” Trump said. “I didn’t know that, you’re telling me now for the first time,” he told a reporter.
Statement from the President on the Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pic.twitter.com/N2YkGVWLoF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
President @realDonaldTrump on the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “She led an amazing life…She was an amazing woman, whether you agreed or not…I am sad to hear that.”#RIPRBG pic.twitter.com/VTqNfohK8X
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) September 19, 2020
You disgrace her name. Everything you represent, all you stand for, is in opposition to her brilliant legacy of justice and fairness. Her light shines through the darkness of your corrupt presidency, for all of us.
— Philip N Cohen (@familyunequal) September 19, 2020