Trump jeered as he visits Ginsburg's casket at US Supreme Court

Trump jeered as he visits Ginsburg's casket at US Supreme Court

Late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg lies in repose in Washington
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects to late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the top of the steps of the Supreme Court building on Sep 24, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) 

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump was greeted with jeers and boos on Thursday (Sep 24) as he visited the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's flag-draped coffin outside the US Supreme Court, by a crowd who had gathered to honor the liberal justice.

Trump, wearing a black face mask and accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stood near the casket at the marble court building amid boos and chants of "vote him out". 

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The moment highlighted the public flashpoint Ginsburg's death has become ahead of the Nov 3 presidential election.

Justice Ginsburg lies in repose at U.S. Supreme Court
US President Donald Trump pays respects as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose under the Portico at the top of the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building on Sep 24, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Alex Brandon) 

The Republican president, who has already installed two top court picks since taking office in 2017, said earlier he would unveil his latest choice on Saturday, a week after the 87-year-old justice died on Sep 18.

His decision to move quickly on a replacement less than two months before the election has drawn sharp battle lines between Republicans and Democrats, and reshaped the race as Trump seeks re-election during a coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 200,000 people in the United States and devastated the economy.

Ginsburg, appointed by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1993, was an icon for liberals, especially as the court grew increasingly conservative. 

READ: Mourners across the United States honour trailblazer Ginsburg 

Her death has sparked a renewed push by Democrats to get people to the polls in November and an outpouring of campaign donations.

Justice Ginsburg lies in repose at U.S. Supreme Court
US President Donald Trump pays respects as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose under the Portico at the top of the front steps of the Supreme Court building on Sep 24, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Alex Brandon) 

Before the 2016 election that made Trump president, Ginsburg criticized him publicly, calling him "a faker" in one interview. 

Trump responded by writing Ginsburg's "mind is shot" on Twitter. She later apologised, saying she regretted the "ill-advised" comments.

Trump drew criticism in recent days for not honoring Ginsburg's wish at the end of her life, reportedly dictated in a statement to her granddaughter, that she be replaced by the next president.

Source: Reuters

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