Despite obvious differences of opinion with some of the late Supreme Court justice’s decisions, President Donald Trump offered a statement praising Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s contributions to the nation in remarks after her death was confirmed on Friday.
When first delivered the news by a reporter, the president was clearly surprised and immediately recognized her “amazing life” in an impromptu statement, as seen in a video clip shared by the Daily Caller’s Henry Rodgers.
“She was an amazing woman”
Trump’s remarks came during a campaign stop in Minnesota just as he returned to Air Force One on Friday evening.
“She just died?” he asked. “I didn’t know that, you’re telling me now for the first time.”
President Trump hearing about RBG’s death for the first time… Wow. pic.twitter.com/EDRR2a9sWs
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) September 19, 2020
“She led an amazing life, what else can you say?” Trump continued. “She was an amazing woman — whether you agreed or not — she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life.”
He went on to affirm that he was “sad to hear” the news, and a more formal White House statement followed a short time later, including an order to lower the American flag to half-staff in Ginsburg’s honor.
“A trailblazer for women”
“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 Trump administration wrote.
Calling her a “titan of the law,” the statement continued by asserting that her opinions “have inspired all Americans and generations of great legal minds.”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed that the flag at the White House had been lowered in a tweet that described Ginsburg as “a trailblazer for women.”
- While Ginsburg’s death elicited sympathy and condolences from across the political spectrum, it also raised concerns about when and how to confirm her replacement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said Trump’s nominee would receive a vote by the year’s end, but Democrats are committed to using all the tools at their disposal to stop such a lame-duck confirmation.
It remains to be seen which camp is ultimately successful.