RBG Mourners Chant "Vote Him Out, Honor Her Wish" As Trump Visits Late Justice's Casket

The president and the Republican Senate majority have vowed to push through a nominee to replace late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just weeks before the election.

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts to people on the sidewalk booing him while he and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects to late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as her casket lies in repose at the top of the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2020. | Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump reacts to people on the sidewalk booing him while he and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects to late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as her casket lies in repose at the top of the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2020. | Reuters

President Donald Trump was confronted with booing and a loud chorus of “Honor her wish!” and “Vote him out!” during his visit to pay respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s casket in Washington, D.C. 

The president’s visit Thursday to the Supreme Court Building with First Lady Melania Trump comes as he and the Republican Senate majority have vowed to push through a justice nominee, despite Ginsburg’s dying wish that the next president fill her vacant seat. 

The voices at the SCOTUS building rang at the intersection of grief for the late progressive justice and anger over the president’s determination to select a third justice during his first term, which would cement the Court’s conservative majority at 6-3 for a generation to come.

Ginsburg, a liberal force on the Court and fierce advocate for women, died at 87 on Sept. 18 of cancer complications. She sat on the nation’s highest court for 27 years.

On Wednesday, the first day of Ginsburg’s public viewing, more than 100 of the late justice’s former law clerks stood guard at the Supreme Court, and some served as honorary pallbearers, accompanying her flag-draped casket inside the building. A private ceremony was held with family and friends that morning.

She will lie in repose through Thursday outside the Supreme Court building, where the public can pay respects. On Friday, Ginsburg will be moved to the Capitol Building, where she’ll become the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

On the night of Ginsburg’s death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed that the Senate would vote on President Trump’s nominee to replace her. McConnell has defended his decision to push through a nominee during an election year, contradicting his successful efforts to block a vote for President Obama’s nominee to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.

Senate Democrats would need at least four Republicans to block a vote, but since potential holdouts Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) have expressed support for a floor vote on a nominee, it appears that won’t be the case.
President Trump has said he’ll announce a nominee as soon as this weekend.