Trump, Biden, Congressional leaders react to Supreme Court justice's death ahead of heated nomination battle
Added 09-18-20 11:37:03pm EST - “The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has triggered an outpouring of condolences from leaders across the US political spectrum, as the two parties gear up for a contentious fight over her replacement.” - Rt.com
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After a years-long battle with cancer, Ginsburg’s passing on Friday prompted a flurry of statements from Democrats and Republicans alike, many paying tribute to her long career on the Supreme Court, where she championed progressive causes.
US President Donald Trump was caught on film as he learned of the news, reacting with surprise before saying “she led an amazing life… whether you agree [with her] or not.”
Donald Trump addresses death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg while Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” plays sorrowfully in the background. pic.twitter.com/fsFYOJzK06
He later issued a statement calling the late justice a “titan of the law,” while a spokesperson for the president confirmed to AFP that flags at the White House would fly at half-staff to mark her passing.
Statement from the President on the Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pic.twitter.com/N2YkGVWLoF
Donald Trump addresses death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg while Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” plays sorrowfully in the background. pic.twitter.com/fsFYOJzK06— John Gage (@johnrobertgage) September 19, 2020
Statement from the President on the Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pic.twitter.com/N2YkGVWLoF— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
.@JoeBiden: "She practiced the highest American ideals as a Justice. Equality and justice under the law. Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us."On #SCOTUS process: "The voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider." pic.twitter.com/fg4czmmObE— CSPAN (@cspan) September 19, 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel releases statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Source: NBC News) pic.twitter.com/r8379egA8f— David Custer (@DavidLukeCuster) September 19, 2020
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 18, 2020
Tonight, the flags are flying at half staff over the Capitol to honor the patriotism of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Every woman and girl, and therefore every family, in America has benefitted from her brilliance.— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 19, 2020
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a trailblazer who served the Supreme Court—and the country—faithfully for 27 years. My prayers go out to her family during this time.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) September 19, 2020
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