From Susan Page’s coming book, Madam Speaker:
When Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September, Pelosi proposed that the groundbreaking feminist lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. She would have been the first woman in history to be so honored. McConnell rejected the idea on the grounds that there was no precedent for such treatment of a justice. When William Howard Taft had lain in state in 1930, he had been not only the chief justice but also president, McConnell noted.
He wasn’t swayed by the argument that Ginsburg had achieved an iconic status in American culture, especially for women and girls. McConnell’s refusal meant that Ginsburg’s flag-draped coffin was placed not in the Rotunda, which connects the House and Senate, but in Statuary Hall, on the House side. McConnell and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy didn’t accept invitations to attend the service for her.
From @PunchbowlNews AM: Very interesting nugget from @SusanPage book gets at the McConnell-Pelosi relationship (hint, hint: it’s not good) through McConnell’s refusal to allow RBG to lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda. pic.twitter.com/9flvNHpYRA
— Anna Palmer (@apalmerdc) April 15, 2021