President Donald Trump on Friday hailed the late US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a “titan of the law” whose legal expertise and historic decisions inspired generations of Americans.
“Today, our nation mourns the loss of a titan of the law” who was “renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court,” Trump said in a statement.
“Her opinions, including well-known decisions regarding the legal equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds,” he added.
“May her memory be a great and magnificent blessing to the world.”
Earlier in the evening, in learning of the liberal icon’s death while he was on the campaign trail, Trump paid tribute to the “amazing life” of the 87-year-old justice.
Trump was on stage at a rally in Minnesota when news broke of the death of the justice known in popular culture as “the Notorious RGB,” and was informed of her passing by reporters after his speech.
“She just died?” he told reporters. “I didn’t know that.”
“Whether you agreed or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life,” he added. “I’m actually saddened to hear that.”
US flags at the White House were lowered to half staff Friday “in honor of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer for women,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Twitter.
Flags were also lowered at the US Capitol at the direction of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat and Trump’s chief nemesis in Washington.
“Justice Ginsburg embodied justice, brilliance and goodness, and her passing is an incalculable loss for our democracy and for all who sacrifice and strive to build a better future for our children,” Pelosi said in a statement.
While Trump offered warm words for Ginsburg, he has made no secret of his interest in further shaping the court’s ideological leanings.
As he battles for reelection, Trump has told supporters he will pack the court with conservative-leaning justices for a generation to come if he defeats his Democratic rival Joe Biden in November.
In August Trump told conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt that he “absolutely” would fill a high court vacancy should an opportunity present itself before his first term expired.
Trump teases he may not have a peaceful transfer of power if he loses
President Donald Trump was aghast when he was asked in the presidential debates if he would agree to a peaceful transfer of power.
The moment in the debate came when he dodged the question for weeks, refusing to agree to the long-standing tradition of presidents handing over the reins to the next leader.
"Well, we'll have to see what happens," Trump told reporters during a White House news conference. "You know that."
After weeks of bad press about it, Trump said he would agree to it.
"They spied heavily on my campaign and they tried to take down a duly elected sitting president, and then they talk about 'will you accept a peaceful transfer?' And the answer is, yes, I will, but I want it to be an honest election and so does everybody else," Trump said, adding, "When I see thousands of ballots dumped in a garbage can and they happen to have my name on it, I'm not happy about it."
‘Jarring’: PA Trump fans attack polls making so much noise poll workers couldn’t read instructions to voters
One Pennsylvania polling place fell under a full out attack on those standing in line to vote and trying to cast a ballot on Saturday.
In a Twitter thread, Behavioral Economist Alex Imas explained that while he was casting his ballot on the outskirts of Philadelphia County, PA Saturday, a parade of semis and other cars surrounded the polling place, laying on their horns.
"I arrived just as polling place opened. Short line. Thought I'd be in and out in 20 minutes tops. Even w/ this short line, it took 2+ hours," he explained.
"Then the next Semi followed, then the 3rd," he continued. "A motorcade of semis, jeeps, and a few sedans drove down the road. All honking. All flying Trump 2020 flags. With people yelling out the window. This motorcade snaked around the polling place the entire time I was there (2 hrs)."
Trump gives 9/11 first responders back the $3.3 million he took from health fund: GOP Congressman
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Rep. Peter King (R-NY) announced that the 9/11 first responders would get the $3.3 million back that President Donald Trump stole from the program that helped them with medical treatments.
Those at the Twin Towers site in the days following the terrorist attacks breathed in a series of toxic gasses and asbestosis, leading them to have a slew of health problems years later. A fund was set up to ensure that those heroes were always taken care of for the rest of their lives as they suffered through their final years.
“It’s a great victory for really deserving people,” King told the New York Daily News Saturday. "I mean this just never should have happened, but we fought hard, we got it done."