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.
Mail is backed up in critical Florida U.S. Postal Service district: report
The Trump administration's slowdown of U.S. Postal Service deliveries are creating problems in the key battleground state of Florida, the Miami Herald reported Friday.
"Just days before the Nov. 3 election, mail delivery is being delayed at times in a critical Florida district, South Florida’s letter carrier union chief said Friday — and extraordinary measures are being considered to alleviate the bottleneck," the newspaper reported.
"Mail that should already have been delivered has been piling up at the Princeton post office in South Miami-Dade County near Homestead, according to Mark Travers, South Florida president for the National Association of Letter Carriers. Travers said he first learned of the backup more than a week ago, on Wednesday, Oct. 21. He raised the matter in a call that Friday with other Florida mail officials, who said they would address the issue," the newspaper explained. "A week later, it appeared the backlog remained, Travers said. He has since been told that additional resources, including more trucks, would be sent to the area, and that carriers would be asked to work to their 'contractual maximum' to get the mail out."
Walmart to keep guns in shopping areas in major reversal of plan to prevent civil unrest
Walmart reversed course Friday and said it would keep guns in shopping areas, quickly shifting away from a plan to keep firearms away from customers.
The retail giant had announced Thursday it would still sell guns and ammunition, but would not display them in retail spaces, citing unrest in Philadelphia this week.
Some observers had also seen the move as an indicator of worry ahead of next week's US presidential election.
The world's largest store chain performed a 180-degree turn on Friday.
"After civil unrest earlier this week resulted in damage to several of our stores, consistent with actions we took over the summer, we asked stores to move firearms and ammunition from the sales floor to a secure location in the back of the store in an abundance of caution," Walmart said.
National Guard ‘broke regulations’ and did not have clearance to fly over protesters in DC: report
The D.C. National Guard and the Defense Department Inspector General’s office appear to be at odds over who should take responsibility for an incident that involved two low-flying helicopters on the night of June 1.
"Two D.C. National Guard helicopters that flew low over protesters in Washington, D.C., on the night of June 1 were not properly authorized to be there — and were directed by a lieutenant colonel who was far from the scene, driving home in his car, according to an initial investigation by the D.C. National Guard," Defense One Senior National Security correspondent Katie Bo Williams reported Friday.