Donald and Melania Trump were booed by crowds in front of the Supreme Court Thursday as they paid their respects to the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
"Honor your wish," shouted the crowd as the first couple stood at the top of the stairs by Ginsburg's coffin, their heads bowed and their faces covered with masks.
"Vote him" was also yelled by people on the side of the Supreme Court building.
It is rare for President Trump to hear criticism or booing in his public appearances. Its campaign rallies and events are usually filled with cheering supporters who offer constant applause and adoration. The rare demonstrator is quickly brought out.
Thousands of mourners have lined up at the Supreme Court to pay tribute to the late justice that became a cultural icon and feminist heroine. Many of them supported Ginsburg's liberal philosophy and placed it in direct opposition to the president.
"Honor her wish" referred to Ginsburg's dying request that the November presidential election winner appoint her successor.
But Trump has vowed to move forward in the verification process and will name his successor in the White House on Saturday. He is expected to appoint a Conservative to take the place of Liberal Judge on the bench.
The first couple arrived at the back of the Supreme Court building for their brief visit and walked through the building and through the front door to see Ginsburg's coffin. That could have been for security reasons, given the large crowd and the rows in front of the court.
The Trumps spent 11 minutes at court before returning to the White House.
When the motorcade returned to the White House, there were also chants of & # 39; Breonna Taylor & # 39; chants, according to an Associated Press reporter traveling with the president. from some onlookers standing on the sidewalk. Protests have surfaced after no Kentucky official was charged with the death of Taylor, who was found in a botched raid on her home.
On his return to the executive mansion, President Trump was seen on the colonnade outside the Oval Office and spoke to his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, White House attorney Pat Cipollone, and National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, all of whom accompanied him to the Colonel Court of justice.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects as Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Thursday
President Trump at the coffin of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Crowds around the Supreme Court booed President Trump and called out to "vote him out".
"Honor your wish," the crowd yelled at President Trump in response to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying request that the election winner name her successor in November
First Lady Melania Trump bows her head to Ginsburg's coffin
Mourners stand in front of Ginsburg's coffin; Thousands have come to the Supreme Court to pay tribute to the late justice system
National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien (left) and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (right) pay their respects to Ginsburg
Upon returning to the White House, President Trump stood in front of the Oval Office and spoke to his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, White House attorney Pat Cipollone, and National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, all of whom accompanied him to the Supreme Court
It is rare for President Trump to encounter protesters and boos in his public appearances
Trump has questioned Ginsburg's wish, claiming it was actually written by a Democrat.
He accused his political enemies – Senate Democratic chairman Chuck Schumer, spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi or House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff – of standing behind the judiciary's final appeal – an allegation that neither has evidence nor has Trump offered it .
"I do not know if she said that or if it was written by Adam Schiff, Schumer and Pelosi," said Trump during an interview with "Fox & Friends" on Monday.
& # 39; I would be more inclined to the second, it sounds so nice. But that sounds like a Schumer deal, or maybe a Pelosi or a seedy ship. So that it came out of the wind. Let's see. I mean, maybe she did and maybe she didn't, ”he added.
Ginsburg dedicated a message to her granddaughter Clara Spera in her last days.
"My dearest wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," she said.
While Ginsburg is honored in the court where she made history, the political battle for her replacement takes place across the street in the U.S. Capitol.
The Democrats have vowed to do whatever it takes to stop President Trump's nomination, arguing that the November election winner should make the pick. They point to both Ginsburg's dying wish and 2016 – the year when Republican Senate Chairman Mitch McConnell withheld the confirmatory process for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court candidate, saying he would see which party won the election.
But the Democrats' chances are slim as Republicans have positioned themselves behind the President and are preparing to proceed with confirmatory hearings. They argue that the situation is different from 2016, with one party controlling both the Senate and the White House that year.
Thursday marks the second day of public viewing of Ginsburg's remains.
Her coffin and flag arrived at the Supreme Court Wednesday morning, where she was honored with a small memorial service before her coffin was publicly displayed on the front steps for two days.
Former President Bill Clinton, who named Ginsburg to the High Court in 1993, visited her on Wednesday with Hillary Clinton. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, paid their respects Wednesday night. Several members of Congress also came from the Supreme Court.
"Ruth is gone and we are in mourning," said Justice Secretary John Roberts in his eulogy during the memorial service on Wednesday. "Of course she will continue to live in what she did to improve the law and the lives of all of us."
Before Ginsburg's arrival, 120 of her former clerks lined up in rows down the stairs of the Supreme Court, dressed in black and with black face-covers in a picture of solemn mourning.
The staff formed an honor guard as her remains arrived at the building where she served and stood in silence as her coffin was carried up the steps and into the courtyard.
In his moving tribute, Roberts described Ginsburg's influence on American law and its inspiration for women, calling her a "rock star."
& # 39; It has been said that Ruth wanted to be an opera virtuoso but instead became a rock star. But she chose the law, which discriminated in law school and in the labor market because she was a woman. Ruth would become the leading lawyer fighting this discrimination in court. She found her stage right behind me in our courtroom, ”he said.
There she won famous victories that have helped bring our nation closer to equality before the law to the extent that women are the majority in law schools today, not just a handful. She later became a star on the bench she sat on for 27 years. Differing opinions will guide the court for decades. They are written with the pristine case of precision, ”he observed.
Her voice in court and in our conference room was low, but when she spoke, people were listening. 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, ”he added as people giggled.
He also noted that Ginsburg had friends across the political aisle, a high point on her trip to India with Justice Antonin Scalia, a Conservative member of the court who died in 2016, and remembered them riding an elephant together.
"In the photo, she's riding a dear friend, a friend with completely different views," said Roberts. "There is no indication in the photo that either of the two was ready to reject the other."
First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump leave the White House on their way to the Supreme Court Thursday morning to pay their respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg
West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin pays his respects in the Supreme Court Thursday
A child greets while mourners pay their respects at the Supreme Court
Mourners walk past the stairs of the Supreme Court, where Ruth Bader Ginsburg's coffin lies in peace. Your coffin will stay on the front stairs until Thursday
Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence paid their respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg when they visited her coffin on Wednesday evening
Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence joined a long list of lawmakers who stopped by the Supreme Court to pay their respects
U.S. Supreme Court Police greet the coffin of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she places her remains on the building's front steps for the public to see
Bill and Hillary Clinton pay their respects to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Former President Bill Clinton, who appointed Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court, lays his hand on his heart as he pays his respects in the Supreme Court
Chief Justice John Roberts gave the eulogy for Ginsburg as her family and fellow judges honored her legacy
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was honored by her friends, family, former clerks and other judges in a ceremony in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning
Chief Justice John Roberts called Ginsburg a "rock star" in his laudation, in which he paid tribute to her status as a cultural icon and heroine of women
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's coffin with a flag arrives at the Supreme Court to lie in rest for two days after she died on Friday of complications from colon cancer
Your former clerks – 120 in total – are waiting for the coffin of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to arrive at the Supreme Court
A mourner pays his respects to Ginsburg
A child in a Supergirl costume pays tribute to judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg
: Frankie Frezzell (R), 2, and Lucille Wilson (L), 3, wait in line, dressed in Tribute Ginsburg with their characteristic white lace collar
Mourners, many of whom brought their children with them, wait in line to pay their respects to Ginsburg
Many people brought signs and flowers to go to the late Supreme Court Justice
Family members of Justice Ruth Bader – including Jane C. Ginsburg – wait for her coffin to arrive at court
Ginsburg's coffin arrives in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court, where a small group of family members and friends honored their heritage
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's coffin is carried into the Supreme Court building as her former clerks form an honor guard
Thousands of mourners are expected to pay tribute to Ginsburg, and the lines went down the street from the Supreme Court with the Capitol Dome in the distance
Mourners pay their respects to the late justice celebrated as a feminist icon
A woman pays tribute to Ginsburg as the public filed to pay their respects to the late justice system
People line up in socially distant rows to wait their turn to pay their respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A 2016 portrait of Ginsburg by artist Constance P. Beaty was on view during the brief ceremony.
"Today we mourn the American heroine, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," said Rabbi Lauren Holtzbatt.
Holtzbatt paid tribute to Ginsburg's status as an American feminist icon.
“To be born into the world that doesn't see you, that doesn't believe in your potential, that doesn't give you a path for opportunity or a clear path for education, and yet is able to see beyond the world you have are in the process of imagining that something can be different. That is the job of a prophet. And it is the rare prophetess who not only imagines a new world, but also makes this new world a reality in her life. This was the brilliance and vision of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ”she said.
She praised Ginsburg as "a role model for women and girls of all ages who now know that no office is out of reach for their dreams: whether this should be at the highest court in our country or closer to home".
The entrance to the courtroom, as well as Ginsburg's chair and the seat on the bench next to Roberts, are draped in black, as has long been the case.
Her coffin rested on a Congress-loaned Lincoln catafalk that once contained the remains of President Abraham Lincoln.
Ginsburg will also be the first woman to lie in the U.S. Capitol in the state when her coffin is in Statutory Hall on Friday. She will be buried next week in Arlington National Cemetery, where her husband Marty Ginsburg lies at rest.
Since her death on Friday from colon cancer, thousands have placed flowers, notes, candles and cuddly toys on the court step to pay homage to a woman who rose to fame late in life and was known as the "notorious RBG" for her fiery dissidents.
Court officials removed her to make room for her coffin to arrive on Wednesday.
She was born in Brooklyn and was one of the few women in her class at Harvard Law. When her husband got a job in New York, she moved to Columbia Law and got her first degree in her class. She debated gender and justice issues in the Supreme Court before then-President Bill Clinton called her to the bank in 1993.
She became a vocal force with her dissidents and a cultural icon with her white lace collar on her black robe and oversized glasses.
A 2016 portrait of Ginsburg by artist Constance P. Beaty was on view during the brief ceremony
The judges of the Supreme Court and their spouses sit in front of the flag-adorned coffin of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the ceremony on Wednesday
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley at the memorial service in Ginsburg
Judge Sonia Sotomayor stands during the memorial ceremony in Ginsburg
Flowers and other memorabilia have been left in front of the Supreme Court since Ginsburg's death on Friday
The lines of sorrow stretched from the Supreme Court building across the street to the U.S. Capitol
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's coffin will lie on the front steps of the Supreme Court building on Wednesday and Thursday for the public to pay tribute to the late justice
The Supreme Court Police begin to bring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the steps of the Supreme Court. The steps of the courtyard line their former employees who acted as volunteer pallbearers prior to the ceremony
The former judicial clerks, who will serve as honorary pallbearers, lined up when Ginsburg's coffin arrived
Black-clad employees with black face masks watch Ginsburg's coffin arrive at the Supreme Court building
Members of a police honor guard of the Supreme Court position the flag-adorned coffin of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg under the portico at the top of the front stairs of the Supreme Court building
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife Virginia Thomas watch Ginsburg's coffin arrive
Judge Stephen Breyer and his wife Joanna at the memorial service in Ginsburg
Judge Neil Gorsuch (left) and Judge Stephen Breyer (right) during the memorial service in Ginsburg
Chuck Schumer (L), Chairman of the Senate Minority, and Senator Bernie Sanders pay their respects to Ginsburg
Republican Senator Susan Collins from Maine comes to the Supreme Court to pay her respects
Many mourners wiped their tears as they paid their respects to Ginsburg
Members of the CASA, an advocacy group for Latinos and immigrants, hold up white roses in honor of Ginsburg
A sign that thanks Ginsburg for her commitment to equal rights
The portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg surrounded by flowers stood in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court
Lucille Wilson, 3, wears an RBG collar while waiting in line to see Ruth Bader Ginsburg's coffin
Two women come to pay their respects to Ginsburg, the advocate of women's rights, leader of the liberal bloc of the court and feminist icon who died last week at the age of 87
Thousands are expected to gather at the Supreme Court over the next two days
Bill and Hillary Clinton leave the Supreme Court after paying their respects to the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87 from the aftermath of an ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is said to be at the top of his shortlist with judge Barbara Lagoa in second place. Trump has vowed to choose a woman to replace Ginsburg, a feminist icon and liberal heroine.
Whoever he chooses is expected to move the court to the right with his decision.
Saturday's announcement will come just before the president leaves for Pennsylvania, where he will hold a rally in Middletown in the crucial 2020 battlefield state.
Given the proximity between the elections and the nomination process, the Supreme Court will most likely become a political hot potato in the president's race.
President Trump said Wednesday the court needs nine judges because they may need to determine the 2020 presidential contest winner.
Trump reiterated his numerous complaints and concerns about postal ballot papers – at least 80 million Americans are expected to use them instead of waiting in line for coronavirus on election day – and said the issue will likely land up in the Supreme Court.
"I think it's better if you go before the elections because I think the fraud the Democrats are pulling will lie before the United States Supreme Court," Trump said in the White House.
He said a 4 to 4 judge tie would not be ideal, although if that were the scenario the lower court judgment would pass.
"I think a 4-4 situation is not a good situation," said Trump.
"Just in case it was more political than it should be, I think having a 9th judge is very important," he said.
But Republican Senate Chairman Mitch McConnell wouldn't promise a pre-election vote on the nomination Tuesday.
McConnell said he would wait for the person to come out of the Senate Justice Committee hearings and then set the date for the Senate vote.
"If the nomination comes from the committee, I'll decide when and how to proceed," he said after the Republican Senate lunch on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
He would not address whether this vote would take place before or after November 3, when voters decide who will be the next President of the United States.
President Trump has been pushing for a vote on his candidate ahead of the general election, but McConnell could better judge the timing of helping his senators in tight re-election competitions who prefer to deal with the issue after voters have voted.
Timing in the Senate is also difficult. It would take less than 40 days before the election to complete the process, with most nominations taking at least 70 days. Traditionally, a candidate holds meetings with senators, has a ratification hearing that can last two or three days, must be elected from the committee, and then has the final vote in the Senate.
President Trump poses before the Supreme Court justices in June 2017: From left are Associate Justices Elena Kagan, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., President of Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch , Clarence Thomas, Stephen G. Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor
Who Is Amy Coney Barrett?
On Saturday afternoon, Trump named Amy Coney Barrett (48) from the 7th Circuit in Chicago and Barbara Lagoa (52) from the 11th Circuit in Atlanta as possible nominees.
The favorite is Barrett, 48, mother of seven, including two adopted from Haiti and one with special needs.
Her involvement in a cult Catholic group in which members are assigned a “maid” has raised concern about Barret's nomination for other courts and will be vigorously re-examined if she is Trump's election.
The group was the one that helped inspire "The Handmaids Tale," said the book's author Margaret Atwood.
Barrett is now the front runner, having been shortlisted for the 2018 nomination, which eventually went to Brett Kavanaugh.
Trump called the judge on the federal appeals court "very highly regarded" when questioned about her Saturday.
Born in New Orleans in 1972, she was the first and only woman to hold a seat in Indiana on the Seventh Court of Appeal.
The couple is married to Jesse M. Barrett, a partner at SouthBank Legal in South Bend and a former United States Assistant Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana. It has five birth children and two adopted children.
Your youngest child has Down syndrome.
Friends say she's a devoted mom – and say Barrett only has an hour left before she was elected 7th District Court of Appeals by the U.S. Senate in 2017.
Barrett's strong Christian ideology makes her a right-wing favorite, but her involvement in a religious group sometimes referred to as a "cult" has come under severe criticism.
In 2017, her affiliation with the small, close-knit Christian group People of Praise caused concern when she was nominated for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
The New York Times reported that the group's practices would surprise even other Catholics when members of the group swore a lifelong oath of loyalty, a covenant, to one another.
You will also be assigned and held accountable to a personal advisor, known until recently as the "head" for men and "maid" for women, who believes in prophecy, speaks in tongues, and divine healings.
Members are also asked to confess to these advisors personal sins, financial information, and other sensitive information.
According to a former member, consultants may report these approvals to the group management if necessary.
The organization itself says that the term "handmaid" was a reference to the description of the mother Mary of Jesus as the "handmaid of the Lord".
They said they recently stopped using the term due to cultural changes and are now using the name "female leaders."
The group believes that husbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority over the family while the heads and maids make important decisions, including who to date or marry, where to live, whether to get a job or buy a house and how to raise children, ”reported the Times.
Unmarried members live with married couples. Members often look for homes near other members to buy or rent.
People of Praise was founded in 1971 and was part of the "great emergence of lay services and lay movements in the Catholic Church," founder Bishop Peter Smith told the Catholic News Agency.
Starting with just 29 members, it now has an estimated 2,000.
According to the CNA, some former People of Praise members allege that the leaders exercised undue influence over family decision-making or pressured members' children to join the group.
At least 10 members of Barrett's family, including their children, are also in the group.
Barrett's father, Mike Coney, is a member of the People of Praise's powerful eleven-member Board of Governors, known as the group's "highest authority".
Her mother Linda served as a maid.
The group's ultra-conservative religious tenets helped author Margaret Atwood publish The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale, a story about a religious takeover of U.S. government, according to a 1986 interview with the writer.
The book has since become a successful TV series.
According to legal experts, oaths of allegiance to Barrett's People of Praise could raise legitimate questions about the independence and impartiality of a judiciary.
"These groups can get so exciting that it can be difficult for a person to exercise individual judgment," said Sarah Barringer Gordon, professor of constitutional law and history at the University of Pennsylvania.
"I don't think it is discriminatory or religiously hostile to want to know more about your relationship with the group."
"We're not trying to control people," said Craig S. Lent. “And there is no guarantee that the leader will always be right. You have to know and act in the Lord.
"If and when members hold political, judicial or administrative offices, we certainly wouldn't tell them how to meet their responsibilities."
During her career, Barrett spent two decades as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, from which she earned her bachelor's and law degrees.
She was named Distinguished Professor of the Year for three years, a title set by the students.
As a former clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, she was nominated by Trump for the 7th Court of Appeals in 2017 and later that year confirmed by the Senate with 55 votes to 43.
At the time, three Democratic Senators backed her nomination: Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Who later lost his re-election bid for 2018, Tim Kaine (Va.) And Joe Manchin (W.Va.), according to Hill.
She was endorsed by every GOP Senator at the time, but did not reveal her relationship with People of Praise, leading to later criticism of her appointment.
Barret is highly valued by religious law because of this pious belief.
However, these beliefs are sure to cause problems with their conformation and are at odds with the Ginsburg beliefs that they would replace.
Axios reported in 2019 that Trump aides said he would "save" Barrett to replace Ginsburg.
Her deep Catholic faith was cited by the Democrats as a major disadvantage during their 2017 retrial for a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
"If you ask whether I take my faith seriously and am a devoted Catholic, I am," Barrett replied during that hearing, "although I would like to stress that my personal church affiliation or religious belief would not affect the dismissal." my duties as a judge. & # 39;
Republicans now believe that she did well in her defense during this hearing, so she may be able to do the same when faced with the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A former member of the "Faculty of Life" of Notre Dame, she signed a letter to the Catholic Church in 2015 affirming the "doctrines of the Church as Truth".
These teachings included the "value of human life from conception to natural death" and the values of marriage and the family, based on the indissoluble commitment of a man and a woman.
She previously wrote that Supreme Court precedents are not sacrosanct. The Liberals have viewed these comments as a threat to Roe v. Wade of 1973, which legalized abortion nationwide.
Barrett wrote that she "agrees with those who say that there is a judicial duty to the Constitution and that it is therefore more legitimate for them to enforce their best understanding of the Constitution than a precedent which they clearly see in contradiction to it" .
Other statements of concern for Liberals include their statement that ObamaCare's birth control mandate is "a grave violation of religious freedom."
LGBTQ organizations also expressed their concern about her when she was first shortlisted.
She has also advocated Trump regarding immigration.
In a June 2020 case, IndyStar reports that she was the only vote on a three-judge panel supporting the federal government's enforcement of Trump's public immigration law in Illinois.
The law would have prevented immigrants from legal residence in the United States if they relied on public services like grocery stamps or vouchers.
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