President Donald Trumps ordered flags across the nation flown at half-staff to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg, also known by her initials RBG, passed away on Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Flags will be flown at half-staff at all federal buildings, military bases, naval stations, overseas diplomatic facilities and the White House until Ginsburg’s funeral.
In a proclamation, Trump praised Ginsburg as a “trailblazer” and an “inspiration” to Americans everywhere. He noted that she was the second woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court.
“In addition to her quick mind, she brought flair to the bench with her stylish jabots and her warm friendships among colleagues, even those with whom she often disagreed, most notably with the late Justice Antonin Scalia,” Trump said.
“A fighter to the end, Justice Ginsburg defeated cancer and the odds numerous times – all while continuing to serve on the Court,” Trump continued. “Her commitment to the law and her fearlessness in the face of death inspired countless ‘RBG’ fans, and she continues to serve as a role model to countless women lawyers. Her legacy and contribution to American history will never be forgotten.”
Trump also released a statement on Twitter in which he called Ginsburg a “titan of law.” The president expressed his “thoughts and prayers” to Ginsburg’s family. He also said he hoped “her memory be a great and magnificent blessing to the world.”
Trump learned ‘RBG’ passed away while he was campaigning.
The president had finished a campaign rally in Minnesota Friday night when a reporter broke the news to him. Trump appeared surprised by the information.
“She just died? Wow. I didn’t know that, you’re telling me now for the first time,” Trump said. He also went on to describe Ginsburg as “an amazing woman”.
Ginsburg served for 27 years as a justice and championed women’s rights throughout her career. She also often disagreed with Trump over his policies in recent years. Just days before her death, Ginsburg expressed wishes to live until “another president” took office, according to The Daily Beast.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” she reportedly said.
According to NPR, Republicans and Democrats will wage a potentially tumultuous political battle over the now vacant justice seat.